Ceilidh aims to stomp out mental health stigmas

A celebration of music and dance aimed at promoting positive mental health messages through the arts takes place this Friday evening (21 October 7.30-12pm) in Edinburgh.

The stomp out stigma ceilidh, part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, will allow people the opportunity to express themselves through dance, poetry and song.

Scottish actor and musician, John Sampson, who regularly works with Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, will host the evening and perform on the night. Kirsten Maclean, Community History Worker for The Consultation and Advocacy Promotion Service (CAPS), who helped co-ordinate the event, said:

“We’re really looking forward to what should be a great night of entertainment.
“There will be ceilidh dancing and open mic acts including the performance poet Jo McFarlane and several excellent singer songwriters. We’re also looking forward to a performance from “Protest in Harmony” an Edinburgh-based protest choir. 
“The ceilidh is all about giving people a chance to say what they want to say in their own unique way, stomping out mental health stigma through the arts, building community and getting people together for a good night.”

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

“NHS Lothian is proud to be a national partner of the Scottish Mental Health and Arts and Film Festival. This year’s festival has so far been a great success.
“The festival offers a great platform for people to take a closer look at wellbeing, recovery and challenge the stigma around mental health.”

A mental health service user from NHS Lothian commented:

“I’m so looking forward to this week’s ceilidh. I have been to lots of events throughout this year’s Festival, all of which have been educational, entertaining and utterly enjoyable.”

The stomp out stigma ceilidh takes place in the St Brides Centre, 10 Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 2DZ on Friday 21 October from 7.30-12pm. To book a place please contact Kirsten Mclean at CAPS on 0131 538 7177 or email kirsten@capadvocacy.org