Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

An annual arts and film festival that aims to challenge stereotypes about mental health is coming to East Dunbartonshire.

Now in its eighth year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival plays an important role nationwide in tackling stigma and raising awareness of mental health.

This year’s theme is power and focuses on how the arts can help to support and empower people with mental health problems while promoting positive

mental health.

The festival, one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and

literature, will take place in venues across Scotland from 1-19 October.

In East Dunbartonshire, the Life Recovery Café is presenting a relaxed evening of drama, music, photography and art exploring empowerment and recovery, created by people who attend the café, a monthly service for people recovering from addictions or mental ill health.

The free event takes place at Kirkintilloch Baptist Church on Saturday 4 October from 5pm-8pm.

A special screening of Hollywood blockbuster Silver Linings Playbook is also taking place in the Barony Chambers in Kikrintilloch on Thursday 9 October at 2pm. It will be followed by a discussion with East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust Libraries Reading Groups to compare the film and the book.

The event is free but booking is required by emailing culture@eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

Councillor Michael O’Donnell, convener of the Social Work Committee for East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Looking after our minds is just as important as looking after our bodies; but while everyone knows how to look after their physical health, many of us are still unaware of how to build a healthy mind.

“Arts and film have the power to both tackle the stigma associated with mental ill health and to promote recovery and stimulate change in society.

“I would encourage everyone to come along and support these events.”