Library hosts Mental Health Day event

Stephen Fry.
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As part of St.Helens Council’s Arts Council funded Cultural Hubs programme, a special event will be held at St Helens Central library on Friday, October 10 to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

The event sees renowned author Matt Haig opening Tight Modern; a touring miniature replica of London’s iconic Tate Modern Gallery which showcases 60 marginalized artists (many from St Helens) in what is believed to be the world’s smallest temporary gallery.

Following on from the launch of Tight Modern there will be performances by comedians who have suffered from poor mental health as part of a Stand Up To Stigma project facilitated by The Comedy Trust and funded through Time To Change.

There will also be a performance of a new piece of theatre called Peter and Wendy in Sainland performed by St Helens Central Library’s own Other Ways Of Telling resident theatre group run by acclaimed theatre company; Collective Encounters and funded by St Helens Council’s Public Health team.

Finally in the evening, author Matt Haig will be giving an author’s talk. Matt suffered a breakdown in his early twenties. After battling depression for a long while he turned to writing.

He now believes that reading and writing books saved his life. His novels include the bestsellers; The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans. His next book is about his experience of depression, called Reasons to Stay Alive.

Matt’s work has led one famous fan, Stephen Fry, to say “Don’t usually do this, but what a fantastically funny and brilliant read: Matt Haig is outstanding, Try The Humans.”

Councillor Andy Bowden, cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “One in four of us, will experience mental health problems in the course of a year. Yet those who do struggle with illness can be some of the most creative and talented individuals you are ever likely to meet.

“This event as part of World Mental Health Day is one of the many initiatives that St Helens Council is leading the way on which aim to improve people’s health and wellbeing. It’s great that we are able to use the arts to highlight such a great cause and celebrate creativity despite adversity.”

Full timetable for the day:

10am to 3pm: Information, stalls and advice from partners from across the borough

2pm: Launch of Tight Modern by author Matt Haig and performance by our Stand Up To Stigma comedians

3pm: Performance of Peter and Wendy in Sainland by Other Ways of Telling

6pm: Author talk by Matt Haig


Adults, teenagers and families 13+

Cost & booking info:

Free tickets for Peter and Wendy in Sainland and Matt Haig must be booked online at or call 01744 677446. All other events are drop-in.