There is a double celebration taking place this Saturday, with World Mental Health Day and the launch of the 2015 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.
Events are happening across Scotland – including theatre, film, dance, music and creative workshops – all aiming to promote the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.
Here are our top ten ways you can get involved on World Mental Health Day, which this year has Dignity as its theme:
Opening Day with Moving Minds
10am-4pm, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Taking over Kelvingrove for World Mental Health Day, this fun family event celebrates diversity and wellbeing in our communities. Try out stop motion animation with award winning filmmaker Claire Lamond, experience traditional music and performance from around the world, watch our vibrant eastern and western fashion show and get involved in plenty more throughout the day.
12.30-4pm, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Led by musician and theatre composer Michael John McCarthy, Turntable is a series of events that explore how music can enrich our lives. Taking place in the wonderful Scottish Storytelling Centre, this pop-up installation invites you to select and play a record of your choice, using music to connect with other people and transform the energy within the space.
In Her Shadows
7.30-8.20pm, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Directed by Cora Bissett, creator of Glasgow Girls and Roadkill, In Her Shadows is a striking new piece of aerial and physical theatre, depicting a young woman’s experiences with depression. Featuring stunning projections and a haunting score, it grew organically from performer Debbie Robbins’ own battle with mental ill-health and has dates in Greenock, Glasgow and Dundee later in the Festival.
Headspace Launch Event
4-10pm, Platform, Glasgow
To launch this year’s Headspace, Platform hosts an evening of thought provoking film, comedy and music, featuring a screening of Here One Day, the Jury Prize winner from last year’s SMHAFF International Film Competition, stand-up from Universal Comedy, who show audiences the lighter side of mental ill-health, and a gig from Burkina Faso’s Baba Commandant, who redefine the boundaries between modern and traditional music.
The Last Yankee
2.30-4pm and 7.30-9pm, Perth Studio Theatre, Perth
To celebrate the centenary of Arthur Miller’s birth, Rapture Theatre are touring Scotland with one of the legendary writer’s last great plays. Depicting the devastating consequences of failing to live up to the American Dream, this moving, humorous and ultimately uplifting production focuses on a couple striving to overcome depression and estrangement. An assured and powerful production, with an excellent cast.
11am-5pm, The Gallery on the Corner, Edinburgh
More than just an art gallery and studio, The Gallery on the Corner exhibits work by artists with physical or mental health conditions, as well as those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their unique exhibition Postcards From… has been part of the Festival for the past five years and features over 200 original postcard sized artworks created in response to our theme of passion.
10am-5pm, Suttie Arts Space, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen
Don’t miss this opportunity to take part in Cultured Mongrel’s Dance Theatre’s unique choreographic process #TheSoloFilter, inviting you to remake a five minute performance into the piece you wish you had seen. Taking place in an open rehearsal space on World Mental Health Day, the final works will be performed during DanceLive’s Collboration & Theft event on Sun 11 Oct.
Loom With A View
11am-4pm, Auld Kirk Museum, Kirkintilloch
Try something completely different in this free weaving workshop, the first in a series of craft days taking place in East Dunbartonshire this October. In the tranquil, historic setting of Auld Kirk Museum, you can learn traditional skills in constructing fabric, finding about the importance of colour and choices of yarn. The session is designed for complete beginners and you can book your place now.
Paisley Poetry Trail
Various Times and Locations, Paisley Town Centre
Pick up a map and follow the trail through Paisley town centre, uncovering over 20 interactive works of public art along the way. With contributions from Phoenix Art Group, RAMH and numerous local artists, find films, podcasts, poetry, photography, coloured bird boxes and plenty more, discovering inspiring pieces on mental health, wellbeing and heritage. Share your experiences at #poetrytrail2015.
Creative Passion on the Isle of Skye
11am-3pm, Kyleakin Community Hall, Isle of Skye
Spend your day at this fun family event on the Isle of Skye, featuring creative workshops and entertainment for all ages. There are a whole range of activities on offer – including tai chi, massage, health walks, face painting and a pipe band – as well as a car boot sale and food stalls. It is free to come along and there will be something for everyone to get passionate about.