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The ‘Excited Orange’ returns to Southampton!

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1 November 2017

Mental Health Arts and Film Festival back by popular demand at Antelope House

Following the success earlier this year of its inaugural Arts and Film Festival for people living with mental illness, Southern Health is set to repeat the popular event this month. The ‘Excited Orange’ Festival has been organised by Jane Collard, a peer support worker based at Southampton’s mental health inpatient hospital Antelope House.

Jane has lived with the often-misunderstood mental illness, OCD, for more than 40 years and is passionate about breaking down stigma surrounding mental health to help empower patients.

She explained: “The Festival aims to give patients a platform for their voice and for them to express, creatively, aspects of their mental illness. The event will include a photography exhibition, live music and a pop-up theatre, as well as animations, films and artwork by staff and patients. This is a truly collaborative project with the people we care for - even the name and branding of the festival was created by a patient. Please come along and support our patients as they combat mental health stigma with their creativity!”

The Excited Orange Festival will take place from 1.30pm to 5.00pm on Friday 10 November at Antelope House, on the Royal South Hants hospital site on Brintons Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YG.

The event, which includes a complimentary buffet, is free to attend and everyone is welcome. If you’d like to attend, please email call Jane on 02380 835578. There is parking on the site but this will be pay and display only.