ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD
Exhibition of postcard-sized artwork in various media representing how people see or feel about mental health. All pieces on display were submitted through an open competition, aimed at challenging mental health stigma.
Scottish Waterways Trust host this screening of James Cameron’s visually stunning sci-fi epic, which tells the story of a paraplegic ex-Marine who finds himself on an exotic alien planet. A short film on connecting with nature for wellbeing will also be shown.
Free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together. Come and share stories, songs and rhymes about mental wellbeing and catch the reading bug!
CAITHNESS MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP EXHIBITION
Art made by people who work with Caithness Mental Health Support Group. The artists, both new and experienced, are delighted to be sharing their creative expressions with a wider audience.
CLIMATE CHALLENGE: OPEN DAYS
Drop in at any time to take part in these textile and mosaic workshops, making use of recycled and upcycled materials. Funded by the Climate Challenge Fund.
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
Hosted by HUG (Action for Mental Health), this screening of Michel Gondry’s Oscar-winning film includes a discussion on the challenge of stigma and understanding for people who have experienced mental health issues, such as anxiety and BPD. Look out for artwork and writing by Serenity and HUG supporting this event.
FORGET ME NOT: THE ALZHEIMER’S WHODUNNIT
Jim’s wife, a patient on a dementia ward, has died from what appears to be natural causes. Jim is a retired police detective, determined to solve one last murder. By turns hilarious and thought-provoking, this is a one-man comedy poetry theatre show that has a lot to say about how we treat and perceive people with dementia. Presented by Dingwall Word on the Street.
HIGHLAND PARTNERS: RECLAMATION OF SELF
This exhibition features original artwork about reclaiming aspects of our true selves. Created by members of the general public who work with Creativity In Care, Birchwood Highland, HUG, Befrienders Highland and more, on display outside the One Touch Theatre and in the community gallery space.
IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY: BOOK GROUPS
Join our book groups to read and discuss Ned Vizzini’s novel It's Kind of a Funny Story, inspired by the American author’s own experiences of being briefly hospitalised with depression in 2004.
MAD TO BE NORMAL
This drama tells the story of renowned psychiatrist R.D. Laing, one of Scotland’s greatest and most controversial thinkers, and the experimental community he established at Kingsley Hall in East London during the 1960s.
MAKE YOUR OWN VISION CARDS
A fun, easy and creative therapeutic drop-in workshop, giving you the opportunity to use a range of materials to create your own vision cards. Materials and support supplied. All welcome.
An exhibition of photographs by and of people with learning disabilities. This series of photographs, taken by People First Highland member John Gallon, shows people with learning disabilities reclaiming the right to normal independent life.
POETRY IN MOTION: BEING OURSELVES
These fun, family friendly creative writing workshops include a short inspirational walk, discussion, props and prompts, as well as refreshments. All welcome. No previous experience needed.
RECLAMATION OF SELF: THE BIKE SHED
Selected artworks on the theme of reclamation of self from members of SMHAF Highland partner organisations, including Birchwood Highland, Befrienders Highland, HUG, and Brora Learning Centre.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
David O. Russell’s star-studded film is a light-hearted but sensitive take on bipolar disorder and recovery. The evening will begin with a short film produced by Birchwood Highland, and a panel discussion will follow the main feature.
SMHAF HIGHLAND ANNUAL GATHERING
Join us for a celebratory night featuring short films, storytelling and poetry readings, prepared especially by Highland voluntary organisations and community groups. It’s always a fantastic evening and offers a great opportunity for networking.
SMHAF HIGHLAND ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
“Dreams are only dreams until you wake up and make them true.” Exhibition of work submitted to SMHAF Highland’s photography competition, which had this quote from Ned Vizzini’s novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story as its theme.
SMHAF HIGHLAND OPENING NIGHT
To launch SMHAF Highland, this celebratory night features an art and photography exhibition, live readings, and film screenings, all exploring mental health, stigma and this year’s theme of Reclaim. Hosted by Highland voluntary organisations and community groups.
TALES BY THE FIRESIDE
Listen to stories of resilience and reclamation in the beautiful natural setting of Dunain Community Woodland. Enjoy inspiring tales, hot drinks and a warm welcome around a hearth. Outdoor clothing and a torch essential. Audience will assemble and be led on a 15 minute walk to the performance side in the woodland. Not wheelchair accessible.
TALES BY THE FIRESIDE: STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
A series of storytelling workshops to create stories about resilience and reclamation, then practice delivering them for best effect. Participants will be invited to read the stories at a fireside event at Dunain Community Woodland in a nature performance spectacular!
THE ISLAND STORIES
Drop in to see previews of two short animations made by young people at Brora Learning Zone, screening throughout the morning. The stories were written and filmed by students for a primary school audience and explore different tools for helping with conflict resolution.
THREE COLOURS: BLUE
A young woman throws everything away, including her identity, as she attempts to liberate herself from her memories following the death of her husband and child. Followed by a discussion about how people reinvent themselves and how we can reclaim our true selves. Hosted by Creativity in Care.
Driven to the edge by the loss of her mother, the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behaviour, Cheryl Strayed makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together by hiking the famous Pacific Crest Trail. Followed by a panel discussion.