A CAMPAIGN to tackle mental health problems is to fund art events in Oxford in the coming weeks.

Time to Change has funded The Archway Foundation’s “Creative Communications for Changing Perspectives” programme.

The foundation, based at the New Marston Pastoral Centre in Jack Straws Lane, is to bring together people with and without mental illness.

Archway project officer Louise Longson said: “We really want the people of Oxford to have the chance to find out more about mental health by talking to someone with personal experience. Just a few small words can make a big difference to someone with a mental health problem and talking about the issue can help to break down the stigma and discrimination.”

Time to Change director Sue Baker said: “What events like this will do is ensure that everyone, from all different backgrounds, has the opportunity to get involved and play their part in tackling the taboo that surrounds mental health problems.”

There is an art exhibition and demonstration at St Columba’s United Reformed Church Hall, Alfred Street, on Saturday from 10.30am and 4.30pm, on Wednesday, May 21, from midday to 4.30pm, and on Saturday, May 24, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

That day, DanceMania and Danny Scott from Point Zero Theatre will present physical theatre at Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.