Changing Minds

We looked more closely at mental health and the arts at our weekend festival.

It's likely that you know someone who has experienced a mental health problem, yet talking about these issues can still be taboo.

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We were soothed - or provoked - by the Arts Pharmacy, discovered punk-poetry musical My Beautiful Black Dog and fell under the spell of Can I Start Again Please.

We had music by Robert Schumann, who had a lifelong mental illness, and learned memory techniques before hearing Aurora Orchestra perform Mozart's Symphony No.4 entirely from memory.

And finally there were talks and debates on topics such as Misunderstanding Mental Illness, Creativity of Sadness, Mindfulness and Laughter's the Best Medicine.

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Why do negative stereotypes of mental illness still persist?
Speakers include Brian Dow, Sue Baker and Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind
A discussion about mental health care – how things have changed and where it’s heading
Why are the inequalities in the way mentally ill people are treated?
What do young people have to say about mental health?
Hear the story of a suicidal man and the good samaritan who saved him
Rob Delaney talks about mental health, addiction and recovery
Discussion of finding meaning as memory breaks down
For many people, art makes it that little bit easier to be human
We speak to Brian Dow, the Director of External Affairs for Rethink Mental Illness

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