Film screening and discussion raises awareness of local mental health initiative

Virgin Care has arranged a special film screening to take place next Thursday (15 March), at Bath Spa University – the first of many events run by the organisation in support of a ‘Year of Mental Health’ in Bath and North East Somerset.

The film will be screened at Bath Spa University, where Virgin Care has started to offer preventative mental health support, through training, awareness-raising and signposting.

Crazywise, a film about mental health crisis, explores the idea that mental health crises, whilst very painful and confusing, can sometimes lead to personal growth. The event will be attended by its American director, Phil Borges – a documentary film maker, photo journalist and human rights activist, whose work has been published and screened all over the world.

Music will be provided by one of the Virgin Care team in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Russell James – AKA the Sad-Eyed Samurai. Russell will be performing a song to introduce the film and a short set afterwards.

Virgin Care are supporting a ‘Year of Mental Health’, a series of events in B&NES running until April 2019, to raise awareness about mental health issues. Virgin Care is helping to review local mental health services and one of the key themes of this work is how to improve mental health crisis care.

Paul Wilson, Head of Mental Health Services at Bath and North East Somerset’s Community Health and Care Services for Virgin Care, said: “I hope this special screening of Crazywise will communicate the complexity of mental health problems, but also give a message of hope. Given the scale of mental health problems in the UK – in schools, workplaces and wider society – it is a subject that is relevant to everyone.”

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