18 January 2017
Liverpool is playing host to a ‘Psychology Fringe Festival’ of free events aimed at the general public.
The festival will bring together the arts and discussions centred on mental health, and exploring issues such as sexuality and mental health, homelessness, suicide and addiction.
It is taking place between 18 and 21 January 2017 in popular venues such as Leaf, The Everyman Theatre, Open Eye Gallery, FACT, The Shipping Forecast and The Brink. Each venue will host unique events encompassing poetry, dance, theatre, photography, music and more.
The final day of the festival will feature the Beyond the Therapy Room conference at the Gateway Centre, where a number of guest speakers will consider ways in which health professionals and services can improve physical and emotional wellbeing and help to build a more psychologically caring society in broader ways than traditional one-to-one psychological therapy.
The week will culminate with a closing party curated by Soul Inspired Events – Soul Food will be a night of musical performances and African food. There will also be psychological therapy, health and wellbeing conversations taking place on Saturday 21 January.
The Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival will take place alongside the annual conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology. This will take place under the title ‘The Future is Now’ at the Hilton Liverpool, 18-20 January 2017.
Dr Stephen Weatherhead of the Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival said;
“It’s time for psychology to get out of the therapy room, and get mental health into community conversations. The festival brings us together in a city where we tell it how it is, care about each other, and really know how to put on a show!”
Saeed Olayiwola, Health Consultant at SO Health and Co Director at Soul Inspired CIC said:
“We are delighted to be part of the Clinical Psychology Fringe Festival. We are passionate about expanding psychological wellbeing conversations in the public domain. This a great opportunity for us all to say it’s OK to talk about the challenges relating to mental health that we face as a community, helping the public be more aware of treatments and support available whilst celebrating the achievements of individuals, and organisations that champion work within the health psychology arena.”