Lanarkshire are delighted to announce the 10 year anniversary of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. The festival will take place from 10th- 31st October with an exciting launch event on 29th September. There are 23 events running in Lanarkshire during the festival including comedy, exhibitions, drama, workshops and much more. For more details please go to pages 42-44 of the SMHAFF brochure below.
One of the world’s largest social justice festivals, with annual attendances of over 25,000, this year’s SMHAFF will see over 300 events staged throughout the country, including film, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts.
The Festival aims to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.
The festival reminds us all, that mental health is important to all of us and we must all value and look after ours and others mental health. Being, involved, creative, connected, learning new things are very important to our mental health and therefore the festival is for all of us. The festival also aims to promote positive attitudes towards mental health and mental illness.
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.
A 10th year is a time for celebration, a time to look back and take pride in our achievements. The festival has grown exponentially since its first outing in 2007, now hosting over 300 events across the country and firmly rooted in the communities that create and inspire them.