Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation this May who have announced the theme of “Kindness”. They would like to use the week to celebrate acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health and to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Week will run as planned from 18th to 24th May and is a moment for the UK to focus on mental health.

The charity will publish new polling data and a summary of the latest research evidence about the important mental health benefits of kindness, along with tips, ideas and stories that it hopes will inspire the nation.

The Week is open to anyone to take part – this can include carrying out an act of kindness, doing some volunteering or contributing to discussion. Find more information 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.

Due to coronavirus, cinemas are closed country-wide, but do look out for online screenings and events taking place instead which are helping connect people at this time.

Online films

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. 

Could you:

  • 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?

Film ideas and resources

Guide to Online Film Clubs
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Learn how to plan and run an online workshop
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Mental Health Foundation: Mental Health Awareness Week
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MHFA Mental Health Resources: Remote Working
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March Network: Creative Isolation
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Film + TV Charity: Mental Health Community
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Using film screenings to raise public awareness of mental health
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Into Film Resources: Mental Wellbeing
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5 Documentaries About Depression & Mental Health Conditions That Have Helped Move The Conversation Forward
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Little Miss Sunshine: Mental Health in the Movies
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The State of Mental Health
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Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival
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Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival
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Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing
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Film: Final Ascent: The Legend Of Hamish McInnes (PG)
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Mind: Information and Support
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Fundamental Facts About Mental Health 2016
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Minds on Film Index
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Mental health facts and statistics
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Film: The Hours (12)
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Film: Madeline's Madeline (15)
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11 Films For Teaching Children’s Mental Health Week
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BBC Teach: Mental Health and Wellbeing teaching resources
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Cinematic Representations of Mental Illness: Melancholia/ The Girl on the Train / Three Colours: Blue
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Mental Health Toolkit for Employers
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Black and Minority Ethnic communities faced with double the levels of discrimination
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YoungMinds: Fighting for young people's mental health
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Film: Irene's Ghost (PG)
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BFI Player FREE archive film: A Modern Guide to Health
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Film: Eighth Grade (15)
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Into Film Resources: Mental Wellbeing
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Whole Picture Programme - Pioneering action for better mental health
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Film report - Screening madness: A century of negative movie stereotypes of mental illness
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