Lessons from a national mental health arts festival

Gail Aldam, Rob Dickie, Lee Knifton, Larry Davidson
2017 American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation  
The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival has evolved over the last 10 years into one of the T the festival will be outlined and the evolution traced over three distinct phases: from its inception as an anti-stigma campaign, to a broad-based social movement harnessing grassroots activism, and finally, to achieving international reach and artistic recognition. The first phase details the inception and early incarnations of the festival, building upon Al effective way to reduce stigma is
more » ... o reduce stigma is through positive personal contact with someone in a valued social role. The learning demonstrated that the festival could achieve large-scale reach among the most marginalized communities and increase positive perceptions and intentions among audience members. As the festival evolved into its second phase, artists and activists began to develop events and grassroots partnerships throughout Scotland. A feature of the festival at this stage, as people mental health and illness. The third phase explores the impact of the festival at a broader social level. ORCID Larry Davidson http://orcid.org/
doi:10.1080/15487768.2017.1338069 fatcat:ptwwbe262veljjyrrghabla57y