World Mental Health Day: ‘A Different Light’ at HOME Manchester
Events Date: 10 October 2018 | Location: HOME, Manchester
World Mental Health Day: Wednesday 10 October, 8.30pm
Tickets available via the HOME website (£9 full price/ concessionary rates available)
“I use my lyrics, music and art to tackle the elements of life that are often difficult to talk about. It is through my creative expression that I understand myself better – and this project, premiering on World Mental Health Day, encourages others to do the same.”
Chris Butler, Co-founder, We Are Willow.
Marking World Mental Health Day, Manchester-based art collective We Are Willow are collaborating with Manchester Mind to raise continued awareness of male mental health issues, culminating in a special one-off event at HOME. This unique event features four film commissions, spoken word performances and launches an exclusive 12 track album.
Every two hours a man in the UK takes his own life, this equates to 84 men per week, making suicide the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK (CALM). Shocked by these statistics, yet inspired to make a difference, We Are Willow initiated this project to explore and tackle the ongoing stigma surrounding male mental health.
At its core are four songs by We Are Willow. Taking this starting point, emerging and established artists were invited to respond to the music, working with no restrictions to “take the music and do what feels right”. This resulted in four spoken word works that encourage the audience to think about how we can challenge misconceptions around mental health and engage more openly with one another. These performances will be interspersed with four films, which will challenge and absorb the audience. In its entirety, this immersive experience aims to embrace and support the topic of male mental health in ‘a different light’.