The Role Of Art and Humanities
Suicide and self harm are huge public health concerns and in many countries the problem often goes unreported. Pakistan is one of the few countries where suicidal acts are still punishable by law. Due to legal issues and several other social stigmas that are attached to it the problem is largely unaddressed. The rates however are on the rise. We believe that cinema is a powerful tool, not only to entertain, but to inspire change. Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning has been using arts and humanities as a means to raise awareness and take some steps in tackling stigma.
Role Of Film and Drama in Mental Health
The film provides us with an unusual opportunity to communicate to the world of imagination. The accurate depiction of mental health and mental illness in film is a powerful tool that can help others better understand mental health issues and in turn reduce stigma. The portrayal of mental health issues in film can be an instrument of change that can work against this stigma in multiple ways. When any country has social problems the first people to address it are the filmmakers. Before the issue is resolved in society, it is brought to the public’s attention in the form of TV dramas or films. It’s a important medium to spread awareness among masses. Role playing is another great way to gain insight into yourself and others. It can help become more sensitive to the positions of others and help you to understand how others see you as well as improve your confidence. Role playing in individual and family psychotherapy offers an exceptional tool for patients struggling with a variety of issues. When given the chance to ‘act’ in an unfamiliar role, whether as self or others, new, even life changing ideas can be covered.
Art Therapy and Health
Art therapy has been used clinically for more than a century and has been recognized as a profession since 1991. Mainly there are five primary therapies music, visual arts, movement based creative expressions, expressive writing and drama therapy. By assessing the use of these processes in clinical and qualitative trials, one can determine how others have found benefits in trying the intricacies of artistic meaning to the complexities of health and wellness. Investigating and the relationship between art and health offers some interesting ways to bridge these two important insight into each field. Following are four major fields of art playing an important role in well being of individual mental and physical health.
Through poster competitions, film and role play we have created a platform to initiate discussion. Our latest film “Stray” follows the story of a young man contemplating suicide as he deals with the pressures life has handed to him. We are hopeful that we can communicate stories to stir emotion and encourage change.
Mariam is determined to escape her conservative family by pursuing a secret romance online. When her mother suggests an arranged marriage, she refuses, saying she needs time. With the clock ticking, her romance takes a dark twist, revealing the extremes that Mariam will go to keep her relationship alive.
Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention in South Asia
To mark world mental health day, Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning (PILL) organized a poster competition on the theme “Self-harm and Suicide Prevention in South Asia”. Through this competition PILL intends to help those experiencing mental health difficulties such as self-harm and suicide in South Asia. Students from all over Pakistan participated in the competition. A panel of International judges evaluated 80+ entries according to the criteria. Top 20 posters were shortlisted for the final round, which were exhibited on the 7th November 2018 at the Global Mental Health Cultural Psychiatry Research Group Public Engagement Event at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK. The following top three posters were selected for awards;
Top THREE Winners !
1st Prize Winner
Zulekha Nasir from Sialkot
2nd Prize Winner
Aisha Naseer, National College of Arts (NCA), Rawalpindi
3rd Prize Winner
Iqra Naseer, Department of Psychology, Foundation University, Rawalpindi
Top 20 posters exhibited on the 7th November 2018 at the Global Mental Health Cultural Psychiatry Research Group Public Engagement Event at The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK.
Made By: Aisha Tauqeer University Name : Foundation University Rawalpindi Campus (FURC) Department : BS Psychology (1st semester)
‘HAPPINESS IS NOT OUT THERE FOR US TO FIND, THE REASON THAT IT’S NOT OUT THERE IS THAT IT’S INSIDE US.’
A group work by students of BS-Psychology FURC: Fatima Waheed, Fasiha Khalid, Iqra Minal and Hareem Siddiqui.