The inaugural Open Mind Summit was held on World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10th October 2019. The sell-out event was hosted by Create Paisley, at the Lynnhurst Hotel, Johnstone. Over 100 attendees came together from across the UK and Ireland to explore and celebrate the role of creativity and culture in improving young people’s wellbeing.
The Open Mind Summit achieved the following outcomes; increased understanding of the positive impact of culture and creativity on young people’s mental health; new and improved collaborations between funders, researchers, third sector, artists; capacity building around evaluation and measuring wellbeing; raising cultural ambition through engaging in high quality work and connecting Renfrewshire with national and international partners.
The Summit hosted a diverse line up of artists, social influencers, national organisations, educators, researchers, musicians, dancers and much more. Among those contributing on the day we had; Darren McGarvey (Loki) as keynote; Jane Miller, Community Engagement Manager from the National Museum Scotland; Angela Awuah, founder of Mental Health The Arts; Amy Woodhouse, Head of Policy, Projects & Participation at Children in Scotland and Shelly Coyne, Programme Manger from Save the Children UK.