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Highland festival’s mental health message


By Neil MacPhail

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Organisers and participants at the launch of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Highland at the Bike Shed in Merkinch, Inverness...Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043864.
Organisers and participants at the launch of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Highland at the Bike Shed in Merkinch, Inverness...Picture: Gair Fraser. Image No. 043864.

The month-long Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) Highland had a successful launch on Tuesday at the Bike Shed Coffee House in Merkinch.

It will include an art exhibition, poetry readings, song and short films on the theme of Connected.

SMHAF Highland takes place between 4-31st May, with spin-off events continuing throughout the year. The festival aims to support the arts, and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health, said director Karrie Marshall.

“We celebrate the artistic achievements of people with experience of mental health issues and people who know the power of art for mental wellbeing, exploring the relationship between creativity and the mind, and promoting positive mental health,” she said.

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