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Ipswich Film Theatre: Exclusive Screening

Members of the public are invited to watch a collection of short films at Ipswich Film Theatre, which aim to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health.

The screening, which will be held on 3 October 2011 at 6:30pm, is the first in series of wellbeing events taking place throughout October as part of Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Month.

The event has been organised by NHS Suffolk community development workers and Suffolk County Council’s mental health information service, to encourage discussion around mental health.

The evening will be hosted by Alan Bramwell, NHS Suffolk’s community development manager, who will also officially launch Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Month, a diverse series of events aimed at helping members of the community to a health body and a healthy mind. Activities during the month have been co-ordinated by Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Suffolk County Council and The Mind Sanctuary on behalf of everyone involved.

David Grimmer, mental health information and wellbeing service co-ordinator at Suffolk County Council, said: “The evening is free to all who would like to attend, although parental guidance is advised as some of the themes are quite hard-hitting.

“The event will also be a chance for people to meet local organisations, such as Suffolk Mind, ESAN and Suffolk Family Carers, who helped make the film screening possible.”

The films that will be screened are made by the national ‘Time to Change’ campaign and ‘Shift’ who produced the short film ‘Open Secrets’, the inspiration for this event.

Events will be taking place at locations including Beccles, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Saxmundham, Stowmarket, Sudbury and Woodbridge, and involve organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society, NHS Suffolk, Suffolk Family Carers, Survivors in Transition and Suffolk Libraries.

Full details can be found at http://www.themindsantuary.com.

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