Skibbereen Arts Festival will host a panel discussion on ‘Why the Creative Arts should play a Central Role in our Mental Health and Well- Being’ with Dr. Pat Bracken and Dylan Tighe on 31July at 3pm in Liss Ard, Skibbereen. Dr. Pat Bracken’s recent lecture “A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Art, Surrealism, Mental Health & Recovery” was the inspiration for this panel discussion taking place in the beautiful Liss Ard House in Skibbereen.
Dr. Pat Bracken is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork and an actor with Schull Drama Group. He was Professor of Philosophy, Diversity and Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK until 2008.
Dylan Tighe is an actor, musician and theatre-maker. His debut album and theatre project RECORD explores his own history of mental health issues, diagnosis and treatment. A radio-drama version for RTÉ was nominated for the Prix Europa 2013. He has recently contributed a chapter entitled Start Making Sense to a forthcoming publication Madness, Psychiatry, and Performance to be published by Palgrave.