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Reducing the stigma around mental health thanks to film festival

21 September 2015

Rachel Atkinson

The annual One in Four Film Festival takes place at UCLan from 5 to 10 October

Mental health awareness is on the agenda at a popular annual film festival in Preston and everybody is invited to attend.

Now in its ninth year, the One in Four Film Festival, held at University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston Campus, will take place from 5 to 10 October.

The free festival, which this year has the tagline Mental Health is Everybody’s Business, is the only service user/carer-led film festival in the United Kingdom. The aim is to bring mental health issues to a wider audience and by doing so reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with it.

The films on show are:

  • Song for Marion - an upbeat film focusing on music as therapy
  • Side Effects - a thriller concerning medication and mental health
  • Homeward Bound - a short film showing the impact of a person returning to a family after a prison sentence
  • Cathy Come Home - a woman’s struggle with poverty
  • Wrinkles - an animated film portraying friendship and peer support in a care home between residents 
  • K-PAX - a doctor’s quest to determine whether the patient is delusional or an alien.
  • See Saw - a film about being a young carer
  • As Good As It Gets - a romantic comedy that highlights the difficulty of learning to love by someone with obsessive compulsive disorder

“By using music and film as a means to stimulate discussion around mental health issues, we can educate and inform our audience by focusing on the characters and stories within the film.”

Janette Grey, Director of Academic Development in the College of Health and Wellbeing, said: “We believe there needs to be more awareness about mental health as a social disability and how people can find themselves excluded from mainstream society. By using music and film as a means to stimulate discussion around mental health issues, we can educate and inform our audience by focusing on the characters and stories within the film.”

All the films will be screened in the Mitchell and Kenyon Cinema, in UCLan’s Foster Building. There are a mixture of matinee and evening performances, the matinee starts at 1pm while evening shows begin at 7pm.

For more details about the films visit the UCLan website or Facebook page.

Although the screenings are free, any donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries or bedding are welcome and they will be donated to the Preston Refugee and Asylum Project.