Short Films to tackle mental health stigmas

Two innovative short films (‘Submerged’ and ‘Transvisions’) tackling the experiences of people diagnosed with personality disorder and the experiences of transgender people take centre stage in Edinburgh this evening (Tuesday 18 October 6-8pm) as part of the Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

Alison Wren from the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing was involved in creating ‘Transvisions’ and hopes it will help to break down stigmas. Alison said:

“The film brings to light the issues that can affect transgender people. In particular it focuses on those issues relating to identity, stigma and discrimination.
“Tranvisions looks at why these issues may contribute towards the disproportionately high rates of mental ill health experienced by transgender people, and gives advice on what communities can do to inform and support those who are transitioning or questioning their gender identity.”

Naomi Salisbury, Development Worker, CAPS – The Consultation and Advocacy Promotion Service, added:

“Submerged looks at people’s experiences of personality disorder diagnosis. At CAPS we host a collective advocacy project about people’s experience of personality disorder diagnosis. 
“Whilst we’ve produced a lot of written information from the project we also wanted to explore other ways of getting information across about people’s experiences.  The film focuses on sensory experience and includes five people with experience of personality disorder diagnosis.”

The screening of the films will be followed by a panel discussion on issues of identity, stigma and discrimination.

Linda Irvine, Strategic Programme Manager, Mental Health and Wellbeing, NHS Lothian, said:

“This event adds to our work and commitment to promote wellbeing within all communities in Lothian, and to tackle the stigma felt by those affected by mental health issues.
“We all have to look after our mental health and wellbeing, and the arts provide a perfect platform for everyone to do that.”