The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival for 2014 was formally launched yesterday at a reception in Glasgow’s City Chambers. Now in its eighth year, the festival has been one of the more prominent features of the progressive stance Scotland has taken on the issue of mental health over the past decade along with the anti stigma campaign, See Me and the Scottish Recovery Network
SMHAFF has always incorporated musical events and has been well supported throughout its lifetime by many Scottish musicians who have been generous in the offering of their services. It was notable that yesterday’s event was attended by Duglas T. Stewart of the BMX Bandits who has been unstinting in his support over the years along with Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches who again has long been a supporter of mental health causes. Glasgow singer/songwriter Shambles Miller enlivened the proceedings with a few of his astute perceptions including a fine song called Worriers, a clarion call for those who experience anxiety.
Running from 1st to 19th October the festival has events throughout Scotland with film screenings, theatre, art, poetry and photography all featured. In addition, there are workshops, discussion groups and cabaret, over 300 events in all. Of note, Glasgow will have an Olive Grove Records Showcase in the Glad Cafe on the south side featuring Randolph’s Leap while Withered Hand will play his new album at Paisley Arts Centre.
You can download the festival programme here
You can hear Shambles Miller’s song Worriers at the end of this video.