Into Film Festival and Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) are collaborating on a screening of Love & Mercy, followed by a chance for young people to explore mental health.

Into Film Festival to focus on mental health and wellbeing

The Into Film Festival is the world's largest free film and education event for young people. The Love & Mercy screening will take place on 14 November with the Into Film Festival 2016 running from 9-25 November. All events and screenings are free. 

The film is a senstive biopic of Brian Wilson, lead singer of The Beach Boys, who was diagnosed with bipolar. The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by Richard Warden, Curator of SMHAFF and Film Lead of the Mental Health Foundation. The event is a way for young people to talk about issues around mental health and wellbeing.

This year’s Into Film Festival programme responds to young people’s needs for greater mental health and wellbeing awareness, and will offer a range of films curated with a focus on the themes of wellbeing, diversity and anti-bullying. The Festival believes that film can play an important role in educating young people about mental health and encouraging discussion.

Paul Reeve, Chief Executive, Into Film, says, “Young people are faced with many challenges that can affect their mental health and wellbeing, such as physical issues, cyber-bulling, exams or fears for the future.  Film has the ability to engage us in a range of issues and of emotions, to see things through the eyes of others and to share that experience as part of an audience.  So it’s a brilliant means to bring topics such as mental health and wellbeing to life and to provide a valuable platform for young people and their educators to explore and discuss what can be complex and challenging subjects."

For more information about Into Film, visit their website.