This October, we’re organising a festival of cultural activity in London to coincide with World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.

In partnership with Mental Health Foundation and the Mayor of London’s Culture Team, the Thrive LDN Culture initiative will join up with Brixton Reel Film Festival to enable Londoners to share their experiences directly with a wide audience through filmed story telling.

This year’s WMHD theme of ‘Young People’s Mental Health in a Changing World’ will steer the Thrive LDN Culture initiative and Thrive LDN and partners will work with young Londoners on the festival. The festival will particularly seek to engage with young Londoners who are at greater risk of developing poor mental health, such as African-Caribbean, Latin, Portuguese speaking, Black LGBTQ+ and Asian LGBTQ+ Londoners, to amplify traditionally unheard voices and perspectives on mental health and wellbeing in the capital.

As part of the festival’s programme of events participants will be encouraged to record their stories on their mobile phone, discussing their experience of poor mental health and how they overcame this, or have learned to live with it. They will be mentored by local community film production facilitators and these films will be screened in community spaces on World Mental Health Day.

Elsewhere, Brixton Reel will organise a series of screenings from a new range of films from Cannes and other international film festivals featuring diverse young people and children’s experiences, as well as facilitating cabaret, debate, food, and music events.

At City Hall the Mayor’s Peer Outreach team is working with partners to present an amazing day of activities and films which showcase all the fantastic work being done by young people with support from organisations across the city. The day will start with a short film festival from midday, followed by an evening of showcase and performances. It is expected that over 300 young people will be involved and attend.

The Thrive LDN Culture initiative follows recommendations from an independent report conducted earlier this year which identified opportunities for arts and cultural activities to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Londoners. The report, carried out by Nikki Crane Associates, concluded that whilst arts and culture in London has great potential to support wellbeing, tackle inequalities and engage people from all backgrounds, there remains a disparity of access to arts and culture across London with a lack of joined up activity in this area.

For more information or to get involved please email culture@thriveldn.co.uk.