Monday 13th May, 12.30 - 2pm

University of Atypical

NIMHAF has teamed with the University of Atypical to host ‘Moving Forward’, a group exhibition drawn from an open call that attracted submissions from across Ireland. The exhibition explores how artists who have experienced mental health issues have evolved through and in their own practice.

Visual Arts Exhibition

Monday 13th May



Keep It Zesty was launched by DSNT to raise awareness of mental health in music and the creative industries. This exhibition is of artwork from the first edition which was developed in partnership with The Hope Centre and designed by Visual Spectrum.

Keep It Zesty Exhibition

Monday 13th May, 7pm

The 343

Mental health is an endemic problem in Northern Ireland, with ever more cuts to services. Come together in 343 to watch films by three local filmmakers that shine a light on issues facing people and how we can work through things.

On Your Mind: On Screen

Tuesday 14th May, 6.30pm

The 343

The documentary features interviews with seven women who have been diagnosed with various mental disorders, including schizophrenia, manic-depression and self-mutilation. Among those interviewed is Allie Light, the film's director, who discusses how her depression helped inspire her to become a filmmaker.

Dialogues with Madwomen

Tuesday 14th May, 8.15pm

Strand Arts Centre

Featuring esc films’ Director and Producer, this event will give you insight into the creative power of storytelling through film. esc films work with people with learning disabilities, forensic histories and mental health issues.

esc films 20th Anniversary Showcase

Wednesday 15th May, 6.15pm

Strand Arts Centre

‘A son’s search to find out about the mother he never knew, piecing together fragments of the past to make sense of the present.’ It explores how Postpartum Psychosis can affect a family.

Irene’s Ghost introduced by Iain Cunningham

Wednesday 15th May, 7.30pm

Spectrum Centre

This event sees Shankill-based indie band VALE launch their single about depression and its impact - 'Sorry to Live'. The event and single production is supported by The Hope Centre and Woodvale Festival.

VALE Single Launch and Concert

Wednesday 15th May, 6-8pm

Lombard House

The Inside Out Creative Wellbeing Movement are hosting one of their popular Open Mic Creativity Nights, this time based around how creativity helps your wellbeing. You are invited to bring along and share your own poetry, short stories, music, blog excerpts, performance arts and visuals arts of any kind in line with the theme. Or just come and enjoy!

Inside Out: Moving Forward with Creative Wellbeing

Thursday 16th May, 5.30-8pm

The Creative Exchange

Participants will be provided with beautiful laser cut letters, salvaged wood and paints etc to make their own Wall Art. They will select LETTERS that form powerful WORDS that build into a QUOTE that smashes self-doubt and low mood out of the water!

‘Let your Art get you through the dark’

Thursday 16th May 2019, 8pm


A portrait film about the artist Ludo Mich. His energy, enthusiasm and positivity are the driving force behind his art and work. To be around him inspires active creativity. Q & A with the Director Willie Stewart.

Ludo Is Fantastic

Thursday 16th May, 8.30-11pm

Bennigans Bar, Derry/Londonderry


A comedy evening to raise awareness on mental health issues, including access to services, personal narratives and stigma. This is an over 18s event. 


The Comedy Open Mic Night

Friday 17th May, 8pm

The 343

A night of comedy taking a light hearted look at mental health.
Acts include Mairead Kane, Kellie Turtle, Leo Lardie, Luke McGibbon and Sarah Firby.

Cheaper Than Therapy

Saturday 18th May, 7-9.30pm

The 343

Belfast’s newest Burlesque producers Ellen and Edie are proud to present some very exciting upcoming talent on the cabaret scene, join them for a night of traditional tease and comedy.

Ellen and Edie present: A Night of Burlesque Debutantes

Sunday 19th May, 4pm

Strand Arts Centre


Films from John Deery, DU Dance (NI) and McGill University in Montréal with a panel discussion. 

Collection of short films and discussion

Sunday 19th May, 7pm

The 343

A night of movement, film and performance exploring depression and anxiety. Specially curated works from Ro Owens, Emily Foran, Patrick Scullion and Charly Sproule

Trigger warnings will be given for each piece and there will be a quiet room to use if necessary.

'It was not death, for I stood up, and all the dead lie down'

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