Students raise awareness of mental health

University of Central Lancashire
University of Central Lancashire
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Preston’s University of Central Lancashire is helpimng promote awareness of mental health issues by hosting a social film festival next week.

The One in Four Film Festival will focus on mental health being “everybody’s business” and addressing social inclusion.

Now in its eighth year, the festival uses the power of film to explore the effects of mental health on individuals and society.

The free week-long event has been organised by UCLan’s Comensus and Service Users and Carers Advisory Group with help from local community support groups.

It will take place between Monday and Friday and show a range of entertaining but informative feature films that highlight a wide range of mental health issues.

Special attention is being paid to the First World War and the issues thrown up within conflict and the festival will end on Friday, which is World Mental Health Day, with the classic war film All Quiet on the Western Front followed by a presentation on the Accrington Pals.

David Catherall from the One in Four Film Festival committee, said: “With the tagline ‘mental health is everybody’s business` we believe as a committee there needs to be more awareness around mental health and social inclusion.

“At least one in four people in a social circle is likely to have experienced some form of mental health issue in their life

By using music and creativity as a means to propel this statement into a wider public domain we hope it reaches the heart of the local community.”

Besides the daily film screenings and World Mental Health Day event, organisers will also hold Community Day on Wednesday.

Showcasing live bands, creative writing and live interaction, the Community Day is an arts and culture event to highlight the stigma of mental health in and around Lancashire.

A number of organisations will also be there for people seeking particular mental health services and to demonstrate their hard work and commitment to stamping out stigma and discrimination.

Films being screened throughout the week at 5.30pm - in the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema in the Foster Building include are: Mental, Prayers for Bobby, Robot and Frank, The Karen Carpenter Story, I am Sam and Patch Adams.