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Mental Health Awareness Week

Published: 11 May 2015


Each year, the Mental Health Foundation dedicate a week to raising awareness of mental health and talk about topics such as anxiety, lonliness, anger and relationships. This year we are showcasing our projects that have helped to tackle mental health discrimination.

Over the last year, our Wellbeing Centre has been working to tackle mental health stigma by developing the Moving Pictures project. The project was funded by Time To Change, England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health prejudice, and their studies have found that nine out of ten people who have experienced mental ill health have faced discrimination.

Moving Pictures is a film project where volunteers with lived experience of mental health issues created four short films about the stigma that still surrounds mental illness. The volunteers wrote the scripts, operated the cameras, directed and acted in the films that were supported by a professional camera crew from the Community Film Unit.

The films premiered at Toynbee Hall and went on to be screened at Genesis Cinema, in Mile End, and Rich Mix Arts Centre, in Bethnal Green, to packed audiences. The short-films were extremely well received and sparked lively discussion on mental health and the stigma attached.

Watch ‘The Making of Moving Pictures’ Documentary below and visit our YouTube Channel to watch the four short films.

As a result of the successful local screenings, Moving Pictures featured on ‘Headline London’, a lunchtime topical show on the London Live TV channel. Watch the interview with Project Coordinator, Kate Lovell, and one of the volunteer filmmakers, Dele, online.

If you know of any events that might be interested in screening the films, please contact Moving Pictures Project Co-ordinator Kate Lovell.