Researchers shine a light on mental health

Issued: Thu, 19 May 2016 15:16:00 BST

Despite affecting around 1 in 4 people in the UK each year, mental illness is still too often considered a taboo subject.

Patrick's Day screening

This year’s Glasgow Science Festival features a screening of ‘Patrick’s Day’, an award-winning drama that addresses the complex relationships between Patrick, diagnosed with schizophrenia, his mother who desperately tries to manage Patrick’s life and Karen, an air hostess struggling with her own desperate thoughts.

The film will be followed by a Q&A, providing the opportunity to discuss mental health research being undertaken at the University of Glasgow.

The Q&A will be led by clinical psychologists Professor Andrew Gumley and Dr Hamish McLeod from the Institute of Health and Well Being.

Dr Hamish McLeod said: “Mental ill health has a wide impact beyond the person identified as the patient. Research on how to meaningfully improve mental health care benefits from involving the whole community – for example reducing stigma, improving timely help-seeking, guiding families and wider social networks to cope more effectively.

"The Glasgow Science Festival is a great way to engage people in a conversation about how we can all understand and act in ways that reduces the suffering of others.”

‘Patrick’s Day’ is being screened courtesy of Ignition Film Productions.

Book your ticket

The event will take place on Monday 13 June at 7.30pm in the Boyd Orr Building.
Free but ticketed, please book online.

Glasgow Science Festival runs from 9-19 June. For more information visit: Glasgow Science Festival

Patrick's Day flyer


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