Festival aims to tackle mental health issues

An annual arts and film festival which challenges 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 in tackling the stigma associated with 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 personal well-being.

The festival is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. It will take place at venues across Scotland from 1-19 October.

In East Dunbartonshire, the Life Recovery Café is presenting a relaxed evening of free drama, music, photography and art exploring empowerment and recovery.

It is created by people who attend the Recovery Café, a monthly service for people recovering from addictions or mental ill health.

It takes place at Kirkintilloch Baptist Church on Saturday, October 4 from 5pm-8pm.

A special screening of the movie Silver Linings Playbook is also taking place in the Barony Chambers in Kirkintilloch on Thursday, October 9 at 2pm. It will be followed by a discussion with the 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

Michael O’Donnell, convenor of the council’s social work committee, said: “Looking after our minds is just as important as looking after our bodies but many of us still don’t know how to build a healthy mind.”