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BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival

A celebration of the arts, mental health and wellbeing

 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people experience a common mental health problem (such as anxiety or depression) each week. So whether you’ve experienced this, or know someone who has, you’re not alone. It’s vital to share your stories – and taking part in the arts is a great way to do so.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, together with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Midlands Arts Centre, Sampad South Asian Arts and our new partner Geese Theatre Company, are thrilled to bring you a diverse programme of world premieres, visual art and film as well as powerful live performances through theatre, spoken word, dance and music.

2019 events included Marking World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019, Geese Theatre Company presenting 'Playing the Game', a journey through a century of maternal incarceration based on a series of drama workshops with residents and staff at HMP Peterborough.

The theme for the 2019 World Mental Health Day was Suicide Prevention, and the world premiere of Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the Olivier Award-nominated Les Enfants Terribles’ play The Thing explored the growing problem of suicide in young men. Sampad’s new production, No Bond So Strong, was a life-affirming show about motherhood and holding family together when you find yourself unravelling. Artist Jenna Naylor created an ever-growing menagerie of creatures drawn directly onto walls at MAC, inspired by their exhibition by Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane, The Hills Are Shadows. Plus much more!

Now in our fourth year, we hope that BEDLAM continues to reduce stigma, and encourages honest discussions around mental health – all with some fantastic performances. Whatever your age or background, there’s something for everyone. Follow the conversation online on Twitter @BEDLAM_festival. 

For further information please contact bsmhft.communityengagement@nhs.net.

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