Stereo-Hype 2013 is free and open to everyone. It will be held between Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January at Stratford Circus, London.
A programme of music, film, comedy, drama, art and wellbeing workshops has been organised to raise awareness of mental health problems, promote wellbeing and stamp out stigma in the African and Caribbean community.
The festival has been organised by charities ‘Time to Change’ and ‘Mellow’ in partnership with ‘UK Council for Psychotherapy’ and ‘Social Action for Health’.
Friday will involve a hot buffet, short films and discussions, while activities for Saturday include face painting, workshops, alternative therapy taster sessions, an Errol Francis photography exhibition and DJ World Music. In the evening entertainment will be held in the form of thought provoking comedy, drama, live music and discussions.
A few years ago, the Guardian newspaper reported an ‘epidemic’ of schizophrenia in the African and Caribbean community, sparking major concern.
A major study by the Institute of Psychiatry in London found that members of the African and Caribbean community were nine times more likely to suffer from schizophrenia than people in the white community.
Soon after the release of this research, the Department of Health launched a ‘New Horizons in Mental Health’ strategy to boost race equality in mental health care.
Stereo-Hype is a celebration of mental health awareness in African and Caribbean communities.
For more information about mental health, please visit our Types of Distress page.
Please visit the Time to Change website to book your Stereo-Hype tickets, or call 0844 357 2625.
View and comment on the 2009 Guardian article here.