PEOPLE across Moray have welcomed new opportunities to engage with the arts as a way of enriching their emotional wellbeing.
As the second annual Moray Feelgood Festival enters its final week, feedback from those attending events has been overwhelmingly positive – and there is still time for people to get involved.
Over the past three weeks a series of festival community events – including theatre, exhibitions, singing, talks and workshops – has been held to encourage people to get creative and engage with others as a way of improving mental health and wellbeing.
Moray has taken a unique approach to its involvement with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, which this year featured nearly 300 events spread over 16 regions, while continuing to promote positive mental health and challenge stigma.
Festival organiser Steven McCluskey, health improvement manager at Moray Council, said all the local events have provided opportunities to get people talking.
"Mental health is just as important as physical health. We all need to make an effort to take care of our own mental health and that of others, and to challenge continuing stigma and discrimination," he added.
Rounding off the festival, seats are available at two free performances of a play which has been touring Scotland to great acclaim.
‘Couldn’t Care Less’ is a new collaboration from Strange Theatre and Plutôt la Vie that explores the loss of identity experienced through dementia and the sacrifices made by family members, offering a dark, funny and moving portrayal of caring through a new work which blends physical theatre, dance and humour.
It will be staged at Buckie High School on Monday, October 21, at 7pm and in Elgin Town Hall the following day at 2pm. To book, contact Nuala Lindsay at Quarriers Carer Support Service on 01343 556031 or email Nuala.email@example.com.
The final event of the festival programme is an evening of sounds, visual effects, movement and natural foods to delight the senses and nourish body and soul. Home Club presents Wave Rave at the James Milne Institute, Findhorn, on Saturday, October 26, from 6.30pm. Suitable for all ages, entry is by a suggested donation of £8-10.
Financial support for this year’s festival has been provided by the Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership. More information on the festival is available on the website www.morayfeelgoodfestival.co.uk.