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This London cinema is banning films to support mental health

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Screen on the Green is doing its part to end the silence around mental health.

If you’ve ever meandered down Angel’s fashionable high-street, you’ll no doubt have noticed the retro-style cinema, Screen on the Green.

The picture house stands out as one of London’s coolest, offering comfy sofa seating, in-screen pizza eating and, of course, the catchiest of names.

But today, this Everyman Cinema branch stands out, or stands up we should say, for a very different reason.

Screen on the Green has paused every single one of its film showings to make a stand in the name of mental health.

The film ban is supporting Time to Talk Day, a UK-wide event organised by mental health awareness organisation, Time to Change, and led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Time to Talk Day aims to change the stigma around mental health by asking people “to talk, to listen and to change lives” by speaking more openly about mental illness for 24 hours. 

The campaign encourages the public to “have your own conversation – wherever you are”, something Screen on the Green is keen to facilitate by opening up their venue as a platform to do so. 

Put your popcorn down guys, it’s time to talk

The picture house’s website explains: “no one should be sitting in silence this Time to Talk Day. That’s why we’re banning movies at The Screen on the Green. The bar’s still open so come in with your mates for a chat. It could be just what they need.”

Hoss Ghonouie, head of marketing at Everyman Cinema, says: “Instead of watching a film, we’re encouraging guests to come in and have a chat instead.

“We want as much talking in the cinema as possible. One in four adults experience mental health problems every year. So come down with a friend for a chat and a drink in support of Time To Talk Day.”

Although exposure around mental illness is slowly getting better, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Social media has become a place for those struggling to open up about how they’re feeling, from illustrators capturing what anxiety feels like to Twitter users offering each other support.

But mental health issues still remain one of the main causes of the overall disease worldwide, with women twice as likely to be affected than men, which is why events like this are so important. 

Whether you’re struggling with mental health issues or you just want to support the cause, we recommend heading over to Islington and making your voice heard. 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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