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University to Mark World Mental Health Day

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The University of Worcester will play its part in celebrating the achievements of a local mental health charity this month, to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

The University, along with Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, Worcestershire City Council and Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, will join together to exhibit artwork celebrating ten years of ‘Arts in Minds’ – a supported community of over 100 Worcestershire artists.

All the artists are current or past mental health service users, and may have previously experienced difficulty accessing the arts due to their mental health problems.

For the past decade, Arts in Minds – based at the Shrub Hill Workshop - has given them a platform to be able to develop, share and broaden their creative skills.

To coincide with World Mental Health Day – October 10th – some of the artists’ work will be displayed at the University of Worcester’s Cotswold Gallery, along with other locations throughout the city.

Steve Wilding, Clinical Educator at the University of Worcester, explains: “We at the University are aware of how mental illness can affect individuals and communities - we are committed to supporting students with mental health problems and have mental health advisors on campus.

“The University is also proud to support Arts in Minds – a vital project which helps people gain awareness of mental health and de-stigmatise some of the effects of mental illness.”

Over 50 artists will exhibit work in the Cotswold Gallery (October 7th – 27th), Worcester Arts Workshop (October 4th – November 2nd), Worcester Museum and Art Gallery (September 30th – October 12th) and Barbourne Health Centre (September 9th – October 11th).

The University’s Mental Health Advisor, Carol Bottomley, will also be on hand to discuss the relevant services that the University provides to students.

She explains: “We are very proud to support this initiative, and we have plenty going on around the exhibition. We will be setting up information stalls for our students, and we have invited outside agencies along to provide external support.

“In addition to this, staff from the McClelland Centre will also be present to talk to students about their physical health and nutrition – things which can have an affect on an individual’s mental health.”