Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature.

Most obviously, 2018 marks an exciting new beginning for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival — the first time it has taken place in May rather than October. This has enabled us to try out a few new ideas, such as partnering with the Tron’s Mayfesto programme for the Glasgow premiere of Mental — voted by our panel of experts as the most outstanding mental health-themed show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Also, there is a significant focus this year on young people. Research shows that 50% of adult mental health problems begin in early life, and much of our programme this year focuses on stories about beginnings — from I Am, a book created in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland in which transgender and non-binary people from across the world describe their formative experiences, to Though This Be Madness, a brand new show by award-winning performer Skye Loneragan about the impact of new parenthood on mental health. Much of our film programme, too, explores young people’s mental health — don’t miss But Honey You Look Fine, in which a teenager shares her struggle with bulimia, and Rocknrollers, in which a young singer is supported through his depression by his two best friends — his band-mates.

Young people will also play a significant role in shaping this festival, thanks to an ambitious, youth-focused programme supported by supported by the Year of Young People 2018 Event Fund and Creative Scotland. We believe the programme will also inspire young people from across the country to contribute to future festivals as they grow older.

As is always the case with our festival themes, the many artists, activists and organisations who are creating events for SMHAF, all over the country, will all respond to the idea of Beginnings in their own way. We’re very excited to see what they come up with — and to find out what you think too. Let’s begin! 

SMHAF Brochure 2018

SMHAF Brochure 2018

Most obviously, 2018 marks an exciting new beginning for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival — the first time it has taken place in May rather than October. This has enabled us to try out a few new ideas, such as partnering with the Tron’s Mayfesto programme for the Glasgow premiere of Mental — voted by our panel of experts as the most outstanding mental health-themed show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

SMHAF Twitter

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Thursday 07 June 2018

In this video, Youth Panel participants from @clydebankhigh present #ThisIsMe, the event they hosted as part of… https://t.co/v8saGZiKH2

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Thursday 31 May 2018

Check out this short clip from #BBCLab's film, created with members of the SMHAF Youth Panel from @clydebankhigh. L… https://t.co/a88bjs0YvN

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Thursday 31 May 2018

"I was struck by the resolve of the speakers - their bravery in sharing something so personal and risking judgement… https://t.co/fa6Xiv9CFr

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