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Best newcomer award for UNSW mental health festival

Image: Sardaka [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

An arts festival that aims to change public perceptions of mental health and involve people suffering from depression and anxiety has won a national award for the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

The Big Anxiety, a festival of arts, science and people, is organised by the university and the Black Dog Institute, a Sydney charity that supports people suffering from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The first edition of the festival was staged over two months in Sydney in 2017 and featured 60 events that explored mental health programmes and policies in Australia. It was described by UNSW as “the biggest mental health arts festival in the world”, with events staged at art galleries and theatres across the city.

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