'Can You Hear Me?' Art Exhibition Officially Launched!
Publish Date: 23/08/2013
We officially launched our exciting new art exhibition Can You Hear Me? on Tuesday 20 August, which aims to tackle mental health discrimination.
The aim of ‘Can You Hear Me?’ is to highlight the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women with mental health problems, support them to share their stories with the public, to change attitudes and reduce stigma.
This project is funded by Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.
Tuesday 20th August saw the launch of the main exhibition, coinciding with Manchester Pride, with key speakers including Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation as well as Jackie Daniels, Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay - NHS Foundation Trust, and Deputy Chair of Trustees at The LGF.
There will be ten kitchen spaces and the women involved in creating these will be sharing their personal experiences of mental health through audio, played through a radio at the exhibition, giving visitors a glimpse into their world.
Lucy Rolfe, Wellbeing Manager at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation comments “Many lesbian and bisexual women don’t feel they can speak up about having a mental health problem or feeling distressed, so giving the exhibition an element of sound, will help to give each of our participants a voice. By being able to talk, listen to and share experiences, we hope that visitors will gain a better understanding of why so many lesbian and bisexual women experience mental illness and the impact stigma and discrimination can have.”
The free 'Can You Hear Me?' Exhibition runs from Tuesday 20 August to Sunday 25 August 2013 at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre on Richmond Street, Manchester and is open to all. The event is in the Pride site, so you will need a writband to enter.
For more information and times visit www.lgf.org.uk/canyouhearme