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Volunteers needed for film on mental health

Published on Thursday, September 15, 2016

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to appear in a film, to help raise awareness of mental health.

The film will be shown in Leicester in the run-up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October, and will feature people holding up a board with a personal message on it, demonstrating why mental health is such an important issue to them.

The project is being developed by Leicester City Council in conjunction with the Highcross and local participation organisation Wotbox. It will aim to show that mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time.

People who use mental health services, their families and friends, plus members of staff who work in mental health, are being asked to come forward and consider taking part in the film.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who chairs Leicester’s health and wellbeing board, said: “I’m one of the people who will be taking part in this project, because I know that mental health is an extremely important, and all too often overlooked, health issue.

“We shouldn’t be afraid to talk about mental health. This film will show that mental health issues can affect anyone, at any time.

“I hope this film will encourage us all to acknowledge the importance of good mental health, and understand that it’s vital to provide the right services and support for people who may be struggling.”

Alyson Taylor from Leicester City Council, who is leading the project, said: “We hope that lots of people will want to take part, to help us break some of the silence around mental health and help people to understand that this in an illness, like any other.

“Mental health can affect anyone, at any time. It’s a factor across our diverse communities here in Leicester, so we hope to represent this in the finished film by having lots of people from different backgrounds.

“You don’t have to say anything to take part – you hold up a board with a message demonstrating your experiences of mental health.”

To take part, volunteers simply have to attend a 10-minute, city centre filming session on Tuesday 27 September.

The finished film will be shown from 8-10 October on the Beacons digital light sculpture, outside Cinema de Lux in the Highcross shopping centre.

Further events will also be taking place to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October. At the Churchgate entrance of the Highcross shopping centre, a pop-up shop will be showcasing some simple therapies that can help improve mental health, with 10-minute, drop-in taster sessions in mindfulness, laughing yoga and singing.

There will also be mental health ‘first aid’ training sessions, where people can learn how to talk to people who might be struggling with their mental health.

Activities are free and will take place from 12-8pm.

To find out more or volunteer to be filmed, call 0116 454 2392 or email alyson.taylor@leicester.gov.uk

To find out more about mental health services in Leicester, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/mentalhealth

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