Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age

  • 5 March 2015 - 17 May 2015

Originating from FACT’s extensive work within mental health and wellbeing, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between technology, society, and mental health.

 

“In an age of digital technologies, internet addictions and virtual friendships, this exhibition brings the cross association between the outer limits of artistic innovation and the bewilderments of mental illness right up to date.’ - The Guardian Guide

 

“This show is full of possibilities and potential navigations and solutions rather than anything else. It explores how we, as stupid, sensitive, fallible humans, navigate the world and our place within it.” - The Skinny

 

“Good mental health is valuable to us all, and I for one support alternative spaces where people can get support and feel loved.” - Disability Arts Online

 

 

It is commonly noted that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health issue at some time in their lives. What is less often discussed is why in a wealthy and technologically advanced part of the world, so many of us continue to struggle with poor mental health.

 

For many the presence of digital technologies is exacerbating this problem, by altering our sense of self and our social relationships. Meanwhile, others suggest that technological innovation is a crucial tool for finding new ways to improve the lives of those who experience social isolation, illness and emotional distress.

 

Group Therapy presents a diverse collection of artworks, research and design innovation exploring connections between mental health and the values, political conditions, and technologies that that structure our lives. It frames mental health not as problem that affects a small cohort of people living on the fringes of society, but as a social issue that plays a part in all of our lives. To emphasise this, the exhibition and many of the works within it are designed to prompt visitors to reflect on their own mental state, by creating experiences that bring awareness to the body and mind.

If you, or somebody you know would like mental health advice or support, you can contact the following recommended resources:

 

Mersey Care NHS Trust
merseycare.nhs.uk
0151 473 0303

 

Liverpool Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
liverpoolfyi.com
0151 293 3662

 

Samaritans
samaritans.org
08457 90 90 90
jo@samaritans.org

 

Mind
mind.org.uk
0300 123 3393
info@mind.org.uk

 

The Brink
thebrinkliverpool.com
0151 703 0582
info@thebrinkliverpool.com

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