THAT MAKES MENTAL HEALTH A PERSONAL ISSUE, A SOCIAL ISSUE, AND AN ECONOMIC ISSUE. MENTAL ILLNESS CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE, IT IS TREATABLE, AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US AS A SOCIETY TO TALK ABOUT IT.
Mental Health: Mind Matters is a new exhibit that uses immersive experiences and multimedia activities to raise awareness about mental illness. Mental Health: Mind Matters creates a safe space for important conversations about mental illness.
Mental Health: Mind Matters was produced for North America by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with Heureka, The Finnish Science Centre.
Mental Health: Mind Matters has four key themes:
Interactives near the entrance help illustrate that mental health is part of our overall health, and that mental illnesses are similar to other illnesses: they are common, they can happen to anyone, and they are treatable.
Empathy-building experiences throughout the exhibition help visitors understand what some people who live with mental illnesses may experience, fostering respect, acceptance and reinforcing the fact that mental illnesses are real.
The third theme of the exhibition explores how identifying and expressing emotions helps us better understand ourselves and others.
The final theme of the exhibition is about the importance of asking for help, and being supportive of those who do. A resource center highlights the many different types of health care professionals that can offer help for mental health concerns, and interactives challenge us to think about how to use more supportive language when talking about mental illnesses.
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