Renfrewshire based youth arts charity CREATE Paisley is flying the flag for creativity and wellbeing this October by hosting the first ever Open Mind Summit.
The event, which takes place on World Mental Health Day (10 October), will explore 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. It 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.
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, Johnstone.