CREATE Paisley, Renfrewshire based youth arts charity is flying the flag for creativity and wellbeing this October by hosting the first ever Open Mind Summit, a one day event on World Mental Health Day (10 October) exploring how creativity and culture can improve young people’s wellbeing.
Every day, more stories and statistics come to light of young people struggling with mental health issues including anxiety, depression and body image. Despite increased awareness around mental health and wellbeing, many young people still find it hard to access the right type of support. Creativity and culture has a significant role to play in helping young people, through early intervention approaches, a reduction of stigma around mental health, supporting young people to share their experiences and helping young people improve their life chances and reach their ambitions.
Open Mind Summit is supported as part of Future Paisley, an ambitious approach to cultural regeneration that harnesses the power of culture to support positive social change. The summit will provide a unique opportunity to explore and champion the role of creativity and culture in improving the wellbeing of young people and children. The event will bring together young people, educators, artists, researchers, youth workers, funders and more.
CREATE are partnering with Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure and Kibble to launch the inaugural summit which will see a line up including Darren McGarvey (@lokiscottishrap) as keynote speaker. Better known by the stage name Loki, Darren is a writer, columnist and hip hop recording artist, who has made regular media appearances as a social commentator. McGarvey has a certificate of excellence for his voluntary work with young people. In 2009, he founded Volition Scotland, an organisation that was designed and run by the young people who used it. In November 2017 his first book Poverty Safari was published, and was an instant bestseller and critical hit, making the Sunday Times top ten bestseller lists and receiving plaudits from national newspapers and magazines.
Creativity being at the forefront of the summit; Open Mind will include music, dance, film and of course an ethos of inclusion – all set within the lush grounds of a wonderful Renfrewshire venue; The Lynnhurst Hotel.
Alan Clark, Project Manager at CREATE Paisley said, ‘Open Mind Summit is about coming together with like minded individuals of all ages to be inspired, share best practice, make new collaborations and build upon some of the great work that’s ongoing as part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to become UK City of Culture.’
Lynsey McLean, Communications & Marketing Manager at Kibble added, ‘Kibble have been involved in Paisley and Renfrewshire for 160 years. The work we do is geared around young people and is trauma informed. We want to continue to work alongside other agencies and partners who are working to improve the area and chances for young people. Open Mind Summit is the perfect opportunity to showcase how the arts can help improve young people’s wellbeing and highlight new approaches to accommodate and support young people.’
Cllr Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Create Paisley to deliver this great event, which includes a fantastic line-up of speakers. “Culture and creativity have the power to make people’s lives better and we are ensuring those benefits are available to as many people as possible by embedding that principle across everything we do.
“There is increasing awareness of how involvement in the arts makes a positive impact on mental health and this event will be a great way to put that into practice for the young people of Renfrewshire.”
Open Mind Summit is on 10 October at the Lynnhurst Hotel in Johnstone. Tickets are just £15 and include lunch and refreshments. Book here: www.openmindsummit.com.