Can You Hear Me?
Publish Date: 03/04/2013
This month, LGF and Creative Curve are launching ‘Can You Hear Me?’ a new project funded by Time to Change. Our aim is to highlight the experiences of lesbian and bisexual (LB) women experiencing mental health problems; by supporting them to share their stories with the public in or change attitudes and reduce stigma.
If you identify as a lesbian, bisexual or questioning woman and have experience of a mental health problem or distress, come and join us on 18th April between 6pm – 8pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation to find out more, enjoy some food and meet the project team. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ll be doing…
We’ll be looking for around 20 lesbian and bisexual women with direct experience of mental health problems or distress, to take part in the project, which will start with 12 workshops to take place on a Thursday evening and some Saturday afternoons, between April and July.
Activities in the workshops will vary; you’ll be encouraged and supported to talk about some of your personal experiences, which you’ll have the opportunity to turn into an audio recording, which will feature in the exhibition by playing out through a radio.
You’ll also be working on the creation of your very own kitchen installation which will form part of the pilot and main exhibitions, taking place at the LGF over Manchester Pride in August.
Exhibitions - Preview 26th & 27th July, Manchester Pride Exhibition 20th – 25th August
During the exhibition, The LGF’s Conference Room will be transformed into a series of kitchen spaces that you have designed and personalised, each featuring a radio, playing out an audio recording of some of your experiences.
Many lesbian and bisexual women don’t feel they can speak up about having a mental health problem or feeling distressed, so giving the exhibition an element of sound, will help to give each of our participants a voice.
Visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to explore each of the kitchen spaces, listen to the recordings and then sit down at different kitchen and speak to the participants about their experiences.
Where there are spaces without participants, we will be encouraging Project Volunteers to take their place and share their own stories.
The purpose of the project and the exhibition is to change public attitudes about mental health, more specifically, some of the assumptions and attitudes around the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women.
By being able to talk, listen to and share experiences with the you, we hope that visitors will gain a better understanding of why so many lesbian and bisexual women experience mental illness and the impact stigma and discrimination can have.
If you have any questions or access needs, contact Lucy; firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07825 254 898.
This project is funded by Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems. The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.