Curtain calls on Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

The curtain has closed on the Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and it has been another great year for the annual arts extravaganza.

Organisers, artists and partners have been delighted with the sell-out audiences, great feedback and high quality of arts events offered across the region over the past month.

The National Festival, hosted by The Mental Health Foundation with NHS Lothian a key partner, aims to challenge attitudes toward mental health issues through the arts.

Sheena Lowrie, Senior Health Promotions Officer, Mental Health and Wellbeing, NHS Lothian said:

 “It’s wonderful to see the festival continuing to grow in popularity year on year.

“Around 500 people attended 17 different events in Lothian during October; these ranged from an arts and crafts workshop in Penicuik to a Well-being Mela in Edinburgh.

“It’s the second year that the event has been held in Lothian, and it’s already building an excellent reputation.
“This year we wanted to promote the idea of being connected and of managing mental health holistically. The arts offer a great platform to tackle the stigma which often surrounds mental health issues and I have no doubt that this years festival will have helped to educate and break down some of those barriers.”

For more information on the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival log on to: www.mhfestival.com 

01/11/2010