A host of events featuring
film, theatre, music, art and literature will once again be held in
Lanarkshire as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film
Festival from 1-24 October.
Now in its fifth year, the
Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is the largest
festival of its kind in the world and is becoming a major cultural
event in Scotland.
Avril Thomson, NHS Lanarkshire senior health promotion
officer, said: "The festival aims to promote positive
attitudes towards mental health and mental illness.
The events are open to everyone, not just those
involved in mental health. One in four people
will experience a mental health problem at some stage in their life
and 75 per cent of us will know someone personally who has a mental
health problem. Despite the fact that most people will
have some personal experience of mental ill health, stigma,
discrimination and inequality experienced by people, young and old,
who have or have had mental health care needs is common place
within our society. The Scottish Mental Health Arts
and Film Festival provides a platform to challenge, engage and
explore the issues and themes around mental health."
The multi-arts festival aims to promote positive
mental health in the context of equality and social justice,
explore the relationship between the mind and creativity and create
a dialogue with the public, the media and the arts about what
mental health means to us all.
All events are free or of low cost and take place in
dozens of venues across Scotland throughout the month of
The festival encompasses film, comedy, music, theatre,
literature and visual art in a unique partnership of arts, health
and community organisations.
For further information on the festival events in
Lanarkshire, please visit the festival website www.mhfestival.com
or the Lanarkshire festival
Alternatively contact Avril on 01698 377 626 Avril.Thomson@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk
The Festival is led by: The Mental Health Foundation 0141
Lanarkshire festival partners include:
NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire
Council, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, Lanarkshire Links,
The University of West of Scotland, Bazooka Arts, Clubnet,
Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health, Equals Advocacy, SAMH,
Choose Life and Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug