Mental Health Arts And Film Festival Returns to Edinburgh

​The Lothian Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is back – bigger and better than ever.

The annual arts and film extravaganza, on throughout Lothian in October, presents a programme of theatre, film, music, art and literature that aims to turn the spotlight on mental health.
Created in association with the Mental Health Foundation, the Festival aims to raise awareness of mental health and tackle stigma in a way that is thought-provoking, challenging and entertaining.
Edinburgh and Lothian’s programme alone will present over fifty events during the month.
Linda Irvine, Strategic Programme Manager, Mental Health and Wellbeing, NHS Lothian, said: “NHS Lothian is delighted to be a part of the 2013 Scottish Mental Health and Arts Film Festival. Over the last seven years, our local festival has gone from strength to strength.
“In collaboration with a range of arts and voluntary sector organisations, there are a wealth of events taking place including exhibitions, film, storytelling, drama, theatre and poetry.
“We are excited to continue our local and national partnership and would encourage everyone to get involved.”
A provocative, collaborative exhibition set in the unique spaces of Summerhall’s Old Animal Hospital will officially launch the Lothian festival.
The exhibition on Friday 4 October will explore perceptions of reality, labelling, discrimination, confinement and medication in a range of site specific artworks, photography, painting and narrative.
Kirsten Maclean, CAPS Independent Advocacy, said: “We’re excited about this year’s festival and the way the arts can stimulate debate about mental health. The arts are a powerful tool for advocacy and challenging assumptions about people who use mental health services.”
Lee Knifton, Festival Director said: “The Festival is about social justice; it’s about tackling stigma, exploring mental health identities and connecting people and organisations that otherwise wouldn’t meet. And it’s about creating space – not just for great art – but for exploring what art can tell us about mental health and about identity.”
A full programme of events happening throughout the Lothians in October is available at