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One in four people will develop a mental health problem at some point during their lives.  Mental distress can range from mild depression or anxiety to conditions such as bipolar disorder (manic depression) or schizophrenia where individuals may experience psychosis.

The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 to help transform our understanding and treatment of mental illness.  We are a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham and we are one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK, offering leadership and innovation backed by world class expertise.

New arts exhibition opens

A new arts exhibition has been launched at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham in association with City Arts Nottingham.

Diversity is the fifth exhibition staged by the Institute and City Arts and can be seen at the Institute’s offices in the Sir Colin Campbell Building on the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park.

The exhibition showcases work by artists, individuals that have experienced mental health issues, carers, healthcare professionals and all those with an interest in considering mental health issues through the arts.

City Arts Nottingham works to develop and inspire arts participation that brings people together, stimulates change and creates stronger, healthier communities. City Arts believes that participation in the arts can enrich and often transform people’s lives and have been pioneering this approach for more than 30 years.

Dr Victoria Tischler, arts co-ordinator for the Institute, said: “With each exhibition we are attracting more high quality submissions from artists, service users and healthcare professionals. Our move to the new Institute headquarters in 2012 will allow us to pursue an even more ambitious programme of arts activities. These challenge the stigma of mental health problems and provide opportunities for marginalised individuals to display their work in a prestigious location and to sell it if they choose.”

Diversity has been staged by City Arts and the Institute, with support from Arts Council England, Nottingham City Council, the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Kate Duncan, Creative Programmes Manager for City Arts, said: “Our call for submissions to this fifth exhibition has attracted entries from across the UK including Derby, London and Essex, Manchester, Norfolk and Fife in Scotland. The work selected is diverse in every sense, with some fascinating interpretations of the theme. Among the many highlights, City Arts is particularly pleased that two stunning pieces by Mina Rahimi from our ‘Artists in Exile’ programme have been selected. Mina is an Iranian artist new to the UK and we are sure her powerful work will make a great impact here. We hope you will enjoy this stimulating and thought-provoking exhibition.”

Diversity runs until May 2012 and entrance is free. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition have placed their works on sale. Further details are provided in catalogues available from the administration office at the Institute or on the City Arts website at www.city-arts.org.uk