Mental Health Awareness Week shines a light on mental health experiences. Often misrepresented, mental health stories on screen can add to stigma around mental health conditions. Taking opportunities to raise awareness, and supporting education, cinemas across the UK are screening films to broaden understanding about mental health experiences, and ignite important discussions about how we look after each other. Find some highlighted films and events on this page, along with resources to support the wellbeing of cinema audiences.

UK events

May 14+16 |  Belfast |  Eighth Grade at Queens Film Theatre

May 14-16 |  London |  Madeline’s Madeline at Barbican

May 14-16 |  Bristol |  Madeline’s Madeline at Watershed

May 14-16 |  Manchester |  Madeline’s Madeline at HOME

May 14-16 |  London |  Eighth Grade at Barbican

May 14-16 |  Leeds |  Madeline’s Madeline at Hyde Park Picture House

May 14-16 |  Derby |  Vox Lux at Quad

May 14-16 |  London |  Vox Lux at KILN

May 14-16 |  Worthing |  Eighth Grade at Worthing Theatres

May 14-21 |  Newcastle |  Madeline’s Madeline at Tyneside Cinema

May 14-21 |  London |  Madeline’s Madeline at ICA Arts

May 15 |  Belfast |  Irene’s Ghost with introduction at Strand Arts Centre as part of Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival

May 15 |  Aberfeldy |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at The Birks Cinema as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 15 |  Shetland |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at Mareel as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 16 |  Birmingham |  Irene’s Ghost + Q&A at MAC

May 16 |  Belfast |  Ludo is Fantastic at Framewerk as part of Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival

May 16 |  London |  My Lightbulb Moment: a collection of short films from the Recovery Street Film Festival examining addiction and recovery at King’s College

May 16 |  Dundee |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at Dundee Contemporary Arts as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 16 |  London |  A Dark Mind + Q&A at Rio Cinema

May 16 | Dundee |  Bring a Baby: Eighth Grade at Dundee Contemporary Arts

May 17 |  Isle of Skye |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at SEALL as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 17 |  Sleat |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at Sabhal Mor Ostaig as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 17-21 | Workington |  Eighth Grade at Plaza

May 17-23 |  Derby |  Eighth Grade at Quad

May 18 |  Stornoway |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes + Q&A at An Lanntair as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 18-21 |  Leicester |  Vox Lux at Phoenix

May 19 |  Belfast |  Collection of Short Films & discussion at Strand Arts Centre as part of Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts Festival

May 19 |  Inverness |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes + Q&A at Eden Court as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 19 |  Duns |  Careless at The Volunteer Hall as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 19 |  Inverness |  The Winter Guest at Eden Court as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 20 |  Edinburgh |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at Grassmarket Community Project as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 21 |  Hawick |  Rise Showcase feat. short 100 Heads at Heart of Hawick as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 23 |  Kirkcaldy |  Beautiful Boy at Adam Smith Theatre at part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 23 |  Stirling |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at Macrobert Arts Centre as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 24-25 |  Totnes |  Vox Lux at Totnes Cinema 

May 24-26 |  Paisley |  Open Mind Fest: Youth Festival feat. films at Paisley Arts Centre as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 24-29 |  Poole |  Eighth Grade at Lighthouse

May 24-30 |  Nottingham |  Madeline’s Madeline at Broadway

May 25 |  Bedford |  Mental Health Day, feat. Crazywise + discussions at The Place

May 26 |  Inverness |  The Hours at Eden Court as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 28 |  Inverness |  SMHAF Highland Gathering feat. films at Inverness Town House as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 31 |  Muir of Ord |  Silver Linings Playbook at The Muir Hub as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

May 31- Jun 5 |  Plymouth |  Eighth Grade at Plymouth Arts Centre

Jun 1-2 |  Colchester |  Vox Lux at Firstsite

Jun 3 |  Exeter |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes + Q&A at Phoenix

Jun 4 |  London |  Vox Lux at Genesis

Jun 7-9 |  Oban |  Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish McInnes at Phoenix as part of Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

Jun 15 |  Brighton |  One Touch at Dukes Komedia

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