mindfestBridport Mind Fest is an independent Festival for all ages, organised by local People wishing  to help create a caring community. Through supporting and celebrating mental health and wellbeing they hope to reduce the stigma of mental illness, encouraging people to talk about, and to look after their own mental wellbeing. 

The second Mind Fest runs from Friday 5th October through to World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10th, with five celebrity events, two films and over thirty workshops, widening awareness of mental health and with the aim of reaching out to the community – the community is warmly invited to join in.

The varied programme includes everything from music and creative writing Workshops to chatting live with Bel Mooney, the nation’s favourite advice columnist. BBC’s Street Doctor, Jonty Heaversedge, will be on hand to discuss the importance of mental wellbeing at work, and with an aim of the Festival being to celebrate the creative aspect of our minds, “Art In the Making” will  run throughout the festival with work produced being shown at the Chapel in the Garden. Everyone is welcome to contribute.

The Festival focuses on topical issues, including the intense pressures faced by the farming community, and what is being done across Dorset to support forces members, veterans and their families.

With the mental health of young people under the national microscope, the Festival’s opening event will be a concert by Bristol-based rap artist, poet and musician Dizraeli, speaking freely about mental health issues. Having appeared at Glastonbury, the Royal Festival Hall and other prestigious venues, at 7pm on Friday 5th it’s the turn of Bridport Youth  Centre, together with a programme devised by Centre members. Earlier,  Dizraeli will be holding a workshop at the Sir John Colfox Academy.

A second workshop at the Academy will be Arts Council sponsored performer Rob Gee on the afternoon of 10th – World Mental Health Day. Rob, also a community mental health nurse, will be bringing the Festival to a close at the Arts Centre that evening with his show “Kevin, King of Egypt.”

The whole of Sunday is devoted to young people – more details from the Festival programme freely available around Town and on www.bridportmindfest.org It closes with Danny Sumbler and Will Ferris in Concert for all.

Tickets for various events are available from the TIC and Arts Centre.

The Festival relies on donations – please see the website and programme for how you can help.


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