The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) came to Fife after Paisley’s Buddy Beat drumming group performed at an Adult Protection conference in 2009. Their impact and enthusiasm for the SMHAFF was infectious and soon after, a small group of determined volunteers consisting of NHS and Council staff, artists, and activists, programmed 29 events for Fife’s very first festival.
Now in its fourth year, the festival has become a key fixture on the cultural calendar across the Kingdom with a mixture of performance and participation events which explore Fife’s rich creative heritage. The Festival showcases the hard work carried out all year round by passionate individuals and organisations that support people experiencing mental ill health and promote mental wellbeing.
As well as being an opportunity to enjoy great arts events, Festival events also enable people to access information about local services and offers people a chance to understand and express their own experiences as artists and creative people, whether or not they have experience of mental health services.
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Our planning group has representatives from Fife Cultural Trust, Fife Adult Protection Committee, Festival Development, Mental Health Services, Fife Library & Museum Service, and Advocacy.