Nearly one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Health. The incidence rate may even be higher in Olmsted County, Minnesota, as nearly one-third of Olmsted County residents experienced a mental health condition in 2016, according to the county’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The breadth, reach and impact of mental illness presents a clear opportunity to build awareness of mental health and help increase understanding that mental illnesses are real, common and treatable.
Mental Health: Mind Matters uses immersive experiences and multimedia activities to help build understanding and awareness about mental illness. From a cultural and historical perspective, visitors have the opportunity to understand how mental illness has been treated in the past. Using medical and scientific research, visitors can learn the physiological bases of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. A resource center provides information on local mental health resources and options for seeking treatment.
In an accompanying art exhibition, Making It OK: Art, Bravery and Mental Health, four Minnesota artists reveal with honesty and hope what it means to live with mental illness or be affected by close family members struggling with mental health issues. The art exhibition includes paintings and drawings, sculpture, participatory art, comic books and video. Click here for more information.
In addition to the exhibit and accompanying art, a series of programs and special events related to mental health will be held for a variety of audiences. Stay tuned for an updated list of programs and events accompanying the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit.
The pain of mental illness is often invisible. Let’s make sure the answers are not.
Opening Summer 2019 at Rochester Art Center.
Mental Health: Mind Matters is hosted by Mayo Clinic and is presented by Olmsted Medical Center and the Rochester Area Foundation. The traveling exhibit was developed and produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre and their partners, Ciencia Viva and Cite des Sciences & L’industrie.