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Faith in Mind

Faith in Mind is a short documentary exploring how a black majority church in Birmingham is challenging mental health stigma and discrimination in the communities it serves.

The film focuses on the work of The New Testament Church of God in Handsworth and features interviews with church leaders and members who speak openly about their own experiences of mental health and what they are doing to support mental wellbeing.

The film was funded by the Birmingham Hub of the national anti- mental health stigma campaign Time for Change and was co-produced by Red Earth in partnership with two black led Birmingham based organisations, film makers Open Lens Productions and mental health umbrella organisation Catalyst 4 Change.

As part of World Mental Health Day celebrations in 2020, the film was launched at a special Zoom event on Friday 9th October 2020 to an audience of 150 people which featured a Q and A with church members and filmmakers.

“Faith in Mind is a fantastic film which we need to get out widely across our communities. Thank you so much for your arresting honesty and courage in sharing your personal stories”.

- Lakhvir Rellon, Director of Community Engagement at Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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“I was greatly surprised by the sincere efforts by all to portray an honest, heart-felt presentation on how people view mental health... and how people are viewed and dealt with, specifically through churches and through their faith”.

Carlene McKenzie, a project co-ordinator with Soho First, an organisation that works to support community cohesion in Birmingham.
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