For the last 6 years Liverpool has celebrated World Mental Health Day. For this, it’s 7th year, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium presents the first Liverpool Mental Festival (incorporating World Mental Health Day on October 10th). The festival, runninng from 1st – 16th October features music, dance, comedy, circus, visual arts, creative writing, film, information, advice, training courses, workshops and more – if that was possible! All happening across the 16 days and beyond. And its ALL FREE!
For all full list of the events taking place check out their online programme
Why is a Mental Health Festival important to Liverpool?
In Liverpool, one in three appointments with GPs are about things such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and other so-called common mental health problems. These are higher in Liverpool than in most other parts of the country and can be linked to causes such as low income, unemployment, poor housing and loneliness. It’s estimated that 26% of the Liverpool population experience these sorts of difficulties in any given year. That’s why local organisations from across all sectors and a wide range of backgrounds are working together to raise awareness, challegne stigma and promote wellbeing.
Liverpool Live TV is one such organisation, we support Liverpool Mental Health Consortium’s efforts to raise awareness of mental health. LLTV’s volunteer program supports marginalised young people with mental health conditions by offering valuable work experience to gain skills and confidence in old and new media. The featured video is something we have produced for the Liverpool Mental Health Consortium earlier this year, at their MAD PRIDE event at Threshold Festival. Enjoy!