Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally. This year’s theme is ‘Loneliness’.
Loneliness is affecting more and more of us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness. We can all play a part in this.
Read more here.
Mental Health and Cinema
Mental Health Awareness Week shines a light on mental health experiences. Often misrepresented, mental health stories on screen can add to stigma around mental health conditions. films can also present opportunities to raise awareness, support education and broaden understanding about mental health experiences, and ignite important discussions about how we look after each other. Find some highlighted films and events on this page, along with resources to support the wellbeing of cinema audiences.
We have provided some links to some interesting films below. If you are a filmmaker who works with themes of mental health and have work online, for example on your website, YouTube or Vimeo, you can let us know about it by completing our contact form here.
Online cinema ideas
Online initiatives are helping people to connect and communities to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. They can help support the millions of people who were experiencing mental health problems long before the pandemic started. There are some resources included here for getting started with running events online.
- set up a watch party and have a chat on Zoom/Skype after the film?
- run an online drawing, poetry or drama workshop, using a film as a theme?
- buddy up individuals to have a chat online each week about a short or feature film they’ve seen?