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MENTAL IDEAS is an irreverent, witty, unashamedly provocative film & media platform promoting awareness of mental health issues, all forms of artistic expression, innovation and social enterprise. Our platforms, projects, festivals & events create a plethora of opportunities for one of the most complex social groups to share ideas and unite as a global creative community: exploding stigma and inspiring change in the way mental illness is defined, discussed & treated.

Proverse Prize and Proverse Poetry Prize 2022 Open for Submissions!

  The International Proverse Prize and Proverse Poetry Prize for writing submitted and previously unpublished in English (may be in translation) is OPEN FOR ENTRY NOW!  Entry is open to … Continue Reading Proverse Prize and Proverse Poetry Prize 2022 Open for Submissions!

Proverse 2022 Virtual Spring Reception!

Join our friends at Proverse Publishing for the 2022 Virtual Proverse Spring Reception on Thursday, 28 April at 7pm HKT! Sign up to Proverse’s YouTube channel to enjoy this event for free!  Highlights … Continue Reading Proverse 2022 Virtual Spring Reception!

One Simple Way to Help Yourself When You’re Depressed – Mat Ricardo

Mental Ideas LOVES this short film by one of our ambassadors Mat Ricardo; showman and philosopher. Enjoy!

Transference exceeds 8M Views on YouTube!

Little Boxes – Truth and Lockdown

Congratulations to our ambassador Raffaello Degruttola for directing the multi award-winning indie film, Little Boxes! The inventive film was produced by Lee Boardman and Jennifer James, veteran actors and founders of … Continue Reading Little Boxes – Truth and Lockdown

Submissions Open for Imprint 21!

Submissions are open until April 21, 2022 for women poets, writers and artists to submit their poems, illustrations and short stories (2000 words) to the Women in Publishing Society‘s annual … Continue Reading Submissions Open for Imprint 21!

Collateral Damage – Ania Epul

Ania Epul is an 18-year-old writer studying at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her short story, Collateral Damage, published for the first time by Mental Ideas, draws on her own internal … Continue Reading Collateral Damage – Ania Epul

Swipe Right – Simone Lahbib

Congratulations to our awesome ambassador Simone Lahbib! She won the awards for ‘Best First-Time Director’ and ‘Best Debut Film’ from the Soho London Independent Film Festival at the end of last … Continue Reading Swipe Right – Simone Lahbib

Price’s Price – Chris Maden

Price’s Price is set in a time and place – Hong Kong in the 1960s to 80s – where mental health issues were more often dismissed than discussed.  The main … Continue Reading Price’s Price – Chris Maden

Mental Ideas @ Cinemonic Podcast Festival

Thanks to the Cinemonic Entertainment Core in LA for selecting The Depressed Comedian episode of our Mental Ideas Podcast as one of their Official Selects at their Cinemonic Podcast Festival! Mentalist radio host Sadie Kaye … Continue Reading Mental Ideas @ Cinemonic Podcast Festival

Proverse Autumn Reception Nov 18 – and You’re Invited!

Mental Ideas is looking forward to attending Proverse Publishing‘s Autumn Reception at the Helena May Nov 18! We can’t wait to discover the winners and finalists of the 2021 Proverse Prize and … Continue Reading Proverse Autumn Reception Nov 18 – and You’re Invited!

Storm Chasing @ HK International Lit Fest!

Mental Ideas had a blast at the 2021 Hong Kong International Literary Festival, which this year had a mental health theme. However, we left our mental health hats at home … Continue Reading Storm Chasing @ HK International Lit Fest!

Attachment: A Film Exploring Trauma and Disassociation – HKIMHFF

Submissions for our inaugural Hong Kong International Mental Health Film Festival are open!   New York filmmaker Fritz Frauendorf came across our festival on the internet while researching film festivals that … Continue Reading Attachment: A Film Exploring Trauma and Disassociation – HKIMHFF

Larry Feign: From The Depressed Comedian to As Happy As Larry

Larry Feign, guest in The Depressed Comedian episode of our Mental Ideas Podcast (clip of Larry and chatting to host Sadie Kaye @ The AIBs below) has a new book out! 🙌 You … Continue Reading Larry Feign: From The Depressed Comedian to As Happy As Larry