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Annual film festival makes mental health everybody’s business

30 September 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Free week-long UCLan event returns to promote awareness

An annual film festival promoting mental health awareness will return to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) next week.

The One in Four Film Festival will this year 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, organised by UCLan’s Comensus and Service Users and Carers Advisory Group with help from local community support groups, will take place between the 6 and 10 October and show a range of entertaining but informative feature films that highlight a wide range of mental health issues.

This year the event will pay particular attention to the First World War and the issues thrown up within conflict.

On World Mental Health Day on Friday 10 October the Festival will conclude with the classic war film All Quiet on the Western Front followed by a presentation on the Accrington Pals.

The other films that will be screened throughout the week are: Mental, Prayers for Bobby, Robot and Frank, The Karen Carpenter Story, I am Sam and Patch Adams. Each film will be introduced by someone who has been affected by the particular issues depicted in the film.

David Catherall, One in Four Film Festival Committee member, commented:

“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.”

In addition to the daily film screenings and World Mental Health Day event, organisers will also hold the One in Four Film Festival Community Day on Wednesday 8 October.

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.

The film screenings begin each evening at 5.30pm in UCLan’s Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema in Foster building. Free tickets are available on the door. For more information on all the Festival’s activities find the One on Four Film Festival on Facebook at facebook.com/1in4film or follow the hashtag #1in4film on Twitter.