Smith Backs Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival

18 October 2010

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, an alternate member of the Parliament's Culture and Education Committee has today thrown his weight behind the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and is encouraging people to show their support by going to one of the many events.

Now a regular on the arts scene, the 4th Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival has grown to become one of Scotland's most valued cultural events with a wide line up of events across art forms including: film, music, theatre, literature, comedy and visual art.

Smith said:

 "Scotland flies the flag for festivals but this festival is particularly important in its own right because it helps to challenge attitudes towards mental health through the arts.

"With nearly 200 exciting and affordable events taking place across the country, it's a great way of getting people talking and thinking about mental health. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, yet it remains a taboo subject. We all need to look after our mental health and that of those around us and, in order to do so, we must first raise awareness of mental health conditions.  Art is society's great cultural university and a powerful communicative tool and I hope in the festival's final week Scots rally around to show their support."