What is it like to live with a mental health problem?

Over 450 million people around the world have issues with mental health. How can friends and family best support a loved one who is suffering? How can the arts place us in the shoes of a person with a particular condition – and perhaps even take the sting out of the stigma?

Hear from speakers in the arts and sciences, politics and pop culture, as well as those who have learned to live with a particular problem.

Sunday talks include:

11am – 12pm I Went Mental and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

The performance artist known as ‘the vacuum cleaner’ presents radical approaches to thinking about neurodiversity and mental health.

12.30pm – 1.30pm Race and the Politics of Mental Health

Mental illness doesn’t discriminate, so why are there such big inequalities in the way it’s treated? What can be done to change this? Poet and writer Dean Atta is joined by author of The Boy with the Topknot Sathnam Sanghera, academic Dr Victoria Showunmi and consultant psychiatrist Dr Sushrut Jadhav.

12.30pm – 1.30pm From Asylums to the Mental Health Act: How Do We Care?

A discussion about mental health care – how things have changed and where it’s heading – with journalist Andrew Hankinson, consultant psychiatrist Dr Deji Ayonrinde, and artists the vacuum cleaner and Liz Atkin. Chaired by Mark Brown, Editor of One in Four.

2pm – 3pm Young People Talk

A panel including Yomi Sode, chaired by Sabrina Mahfouz.

2pm – 3pm Making Up Memories

A panel of artists and experts explores what happens when memory breaks down and how we can find meaning in the fragments that remain. Petina Gappah, author of The Book of Memory, is joined by Dr Nick Bass, UCL’s Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, and filmmaker Lotje Sodderland, who made award-winning documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain. Chaired by Susanna Howard, Artistic Director of Living Words.

3.30pm – 4.30pm Mindfulness
Can this ancient Buddhist practice be just as effective as modern medicine? Can mental health and artistic endeavour benefit from the increased awareness, clarity and acceptance that mindfulness can nurture? Delving into this topic is Dr Tamara Russell, clinical psychologist and mindfulness trainer; Jen Hyatt, CEO and founder of Big White Wall; Rohan Gunatillake, creative director of Mindfulness Everywhere and of the buddhify app; and Jana Stefanovska, director of NOW Live Events.

3.30pm – 4.30pm Bites

Bites are mini talks featuring inspiring ideas, achievements, obsessions, stories, performances or manifestos and everything in between. Jonny Benjamin was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder – in 2008, a stranger talked him out of jumping off Waterloo Bridge. His global search to find the man who saved his life went viral and has since been the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, The Stranger on the Bridge. Join Jonny and his good samaritan Neil as they tell the story of their relationship. Artists and RCA Design Interactions alumni Naama Schendar and Nathan Burr also appear.

5pm – 6pm Luciana Berger in Conversation

The Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Mental Health discusses her newly created role raising awareness around mental health and the role of the arts with Southbank Centre’s Artistic Director Jude Kelly.

Across Southbank Centre