We are very sorry to announce that, given the current Government advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to cancel the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in May.

This has not been an easy decision for us but we know it is the right one at this time. We are very aware of the impact that this will have on our community and are currently exploring online support that we can offer and whether some events can take place online only; we will have more information about this soon. We also hope to reschedule as many events as possible, but we will not be making decisions on this until things become clearer. We are committed to working hard to keep the unique spirit of SMHAF alive throughout the year and to continue to support our diverse community.

We know that this is a difficult time for everyone and will have a big impact on everyone working in the arts. As a festival that prides itself on bringing together the arts and mental health, we plan to be part of the important, ongoing conversation around ensuring a strong and healthy future for the arts and artists in Scotland, and exploring innovative ways of connecting us all at this difficult time.

You can find advice about staying mentally healthy on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Up to date information on the situation in Scotland is available on The Scottish Government website.

For advice on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus visit NHS Inform.

Take care and thank you all for your understanding and support.