The effects of depression have been highlighted through the use of the creative arts at an event in Nottingham.
The organisation, Depression Expression, hosted ‘On the Edge of Blue’ in front of a crowd of around 30 people in the Nottingham Writers Studio.
The awareness group aims to inform the general public and health practitioners of the most up to date, cost effective, evidence-based treatments and signpost to other sources of support.
The idea for the event came about through the ‘Blue Monday’ myth which claims that January 19th is the most depressing day of the year. The organisation considered how a performance showcase could illustrate what living with depression is really like.
The Mental Health Foundation says about a quarter of the population will experience some sort of mental problem over the course of a year which means that at any one time up to 40,000 people in Nottingham city centre are suffering from depression.
The event included musical performances from Neil Williams and poetry from event organiser Nicki Hastie. All who performed have or are still suffering from depression.
The event has involved music, spoken word and film. This is showcasing the talents of people with depression.
Nick Hastie – On the Edge of Blue Organiser