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Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival – Open Mind Fest

  • May 14 / 2019
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Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival – Open Mind Fest

As you may know, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is under way across Scotland and here in Renfrewshire, for the second year, we have a dedicated youth strand, called Open Mind Fest.

This youth-specific programme has been created by, and will be curated by, young people from Create Paisley, Erskine Music and Media Studio, YMCA and Youth Services.  There are 11 events which are specifically aimed at young people, listed below, and we would be very grateful if you could promote these as widely as possible to your pupils or young people you work with and encourage them to go along if they can.  We appreciate that the programme is very Paisley-centric, however if we get enough engagement and interest this is hopefully something we can address in future years.  All details and links to Eventbrite can also be found on www.mhfestival.com and on Facebook – Open Mind Fest.  Unless otherwise stated, no booking is required.

 

Friday 17th May, 7.30-10pm

Create Café: Open Mic

Venue: Blend Coffee Lounge, 25B Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UL

Create Café is a free safe creative space for 12-21-year olds to express themselves through music or art and connect with friends

FREE

 

Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May, 11am-5pm

Open Mind Fest: Live Stage   

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

A jam-packed programme of performances, workshops and panels, all showcasing the relationship between music, the arts and mental health. Hosted by Erskine Music and Media Studio.

FREE

 

Saturday 25th May, 12-1pm

Follow Your Feet: Wellbeing Walk

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

Join members of the Youth Commission for a walk around Paisley.  Learn about Paisley’s history and take time to focus on your positive mental health and wellbeing.  Participants will be encouraged to leave positive messages for others to find and share on social media using the #FollowYourFeet. 

FREE

 

Saturday 25th May, 12-4pm

10 Recommendations On Mental Health

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

The Youth Commission will speak about the recommendations they would like organisations to adopt when working with young people who experience poor mental health.

FREE

 

Saturday 25th May, 1-2pm

Journalism & Mental Health

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

An important workshop exploring how mental health is portrayed in the media, how this affects young people, and what we can do to improve this.

Booking required via link below – cost £2

openmindjournalism.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Saturday 25th May, 1.30-3.30pm

Digital Wellness

Venue: YMCA Paisley Makerspace, 14 William St, Paisley, PA1 2LZ

Open youth drop-in space aiming to promote mental health awareness and empower young people to maintain their own positive mental health.

Incorporates digital based learning and digital creativity outlets, including virtual reality and more.

FREE

 

Saturday 25th May, 2.30-3.30pm

Poetry Workshop

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

A workshop with poet and journalist Robert Blair exploring poetry as a cathartic way to broach mental health issues.

Booking required via link below – cost £2

openmindpoetry.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Saturday 25th May, 4-5pm

Autism, Mental Health & Creativity

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

Anxiety and depression affect up to 40% of the autism population. This workshop will explore how, with the correct support, people with autism can make a huge contribution to society.

Booking required via link below – cost £2

openmindautism.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Saturday 25th May, 7.30-8.30pm

Avalanche

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

In a world where we are more connected than ever, are we really connected at all? This brand-new devised performance from PACE Young Rep Company will examine what is to blame for the alarming mental health crisis facing young people.

Booking required via link below – cost £7 / £5

boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk  0300 300 1210

 

Sunday 26th May, 4-5.30pm

Film Competition

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

Screenings of the shortlisted films of the Open Mind Arts Competition.

FREE – but please book using link below

openmindfilm.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Sunday 26th May, 4-5.30pm

Awards Ceremony & Celebration

Venue: Paisley Arts Centre, 15 New St, Paisley, PA1 1EZ

An awards ceremony and celebration of the work produced as part of Open Mind. The ceremony will be hosted by Create Paisley’s youth panel Young Creators who have co-designed this year’s festival

FREE – but please book using link below

openmindawards.eventbrite.co.uk

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