Liverpool Mental Health Festival

Help Musicians UK will be in Liverpool on Saturday 8 October with a stall at the Williamson Square Festival as part of the Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016.

The Festival, which runs from the 1-16 October brings together creative organisations, local businesses and partners from a health background to host 2 weeks of events celebrating good mental health across the city, including a comedy night, an art exhibition in several city centre venues, a film night at FACT, training and creative workshops for all ages.

The festival culminates in a full day celebration on Saturday 8th October at Williamson Square where Help Musicians UK will have a stall to tell people about our Music and Depression campaign as well as our wider work.

A celebration event to announce the winners of the 3rd annual 'Mental Health and Me' writing competition and to launch a book featuring the work of shortlisted authors will be held by Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Writing on the Wall on the 10th October, World Mental Health Day.

Announcing the competition winner will be this year’s festival patron, Merseyside musician Bill Ryder-Jones. Bill co-founded The Coral when he was 13 years old and continues to make beautiful and deeply personal music. As a solo artist his latest, acclaimed, album is ‘West Kirby County Primary’. Bill has experienced his own mental health struggles and believes in being upfront about this issue which is often attached to considerable stigma. An animated film  by Noisey about mental health in the music industry, which included Bill’s experiences, was shown at the launch of HMUK’s Music and Depression campaign at the Great Escape in Brighton earlier this year.

About his role as festival patron, Bill Ryder-Jones said:

It’s a real honour for me to be asked by LMHF 2016 to be a patron of the event. Everyone knows that being open about issues of mental distress is what will one day shatter the taboo. What a brilliant thing that we can celebrate our imperfections whilst raising awareness and hopefully dispelling some myths along the way.

Liverpool Mental Health Festival is without doubt a brilliant thing run by brilliant people that will do brilliant things for so many.  Mental distress can be difficult to be around but I think the arts, as a tool can help us find beauty in the most awful of things, that’s one reason I’m so proud to be involved and hopefully I can be of some use!

Festival Co-ordinator, Claire Stevens (Development Manager, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium) said:

“We’re delighted that Bill Ryder-Jones is supporting Liverpool Mental Health Festival 2016 by becoming the Festival Patron and helping us all to find creative and practical ways to talk about, and look after, our own mental health and that of our friends, families and communities.

Liverpool Mental Health Consortium is working with a huge range of partners in the mental health sector and the arts to deliver free events and activities which offer something for everyone this October.”

The full festival programme will be available here from Monday 5th September. Contact Liverpool Mental Health Consortium on 0151 237 2688 or hello@liverpoolmentalhealth.org for further details.

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