An online art exhibition will benefit a Swindon-based mental health charity.
The exhibition, called Art Meets Mind, will showcase the positive impact of creativity on mental health
It will be streamed on Facebook from 4pm on Saturday, August 15 and people will be able to find it by searching on Facebook for Living Life Stress Free UK.
Donations from the free event will go to mental health charity Ipsum, a Swindon-based group which uses art and music therapy and creative writing to complement professional counselling in dealing with the effects of stress, anxiety and depression.
Art Meets Mind has been organised by the Harley Street-based Living Life Stress Free wellness centre, and will feature mental health organisations such as Living Mind UK and Sangeet Foundation to raise awareness of art therapy in mental health.
Ipsum CEO Julie Mattinson said: “This event is an exciting opportunity to highlight the importance of art and its positive impact on our mental health.”
Living Life Stress Free CEO Dr Sarmila Sinha said the event would exhibit work by Indian artist Bappy Sinha, who she discovered on Facebook, and others.
It will include artists in conversation with psychiatrists about how a creative outlet can improve mental health and reduce stress and anxiety.
Dr Sinha said: “We are really pleased to be supporting Ipsum and we hope that the artwork and the conversation will inspire people.
"In these difficult times as we battle with the pandemic, people’s mental health issues are more profound and we hope this event will highlight some useful support.
“I hope Art Meets Mind will be a ray of hope for artists who are going through a tough time right now.”
Living Life Stress Free provides one-to-one consultations, treatments and mindfulness-based coaching for stress and anxiety.
Dr Sinha is also a best-selling author and motivational speaker on stress, resilience, improving relationships and achieving optimal health.
In 2019 her book, An Expert Guide to Stress Management, became a number one best seller on Amazon Kindle, in Waterstones and on Amazon.
Further information can be found at livinglifestressfree.com and on 0845 4670661.