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.
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?