PART 2: Story Telling Theater and Mental Illness: (2) Prosperous and Secure relationships By Jesuit Culture Center and Bab El Hekayat, Alexandria (Egypt

The story telling “A story of Anxiety” is a thought-provoking production that delves into the various forms of anxiety that challenge individuals from all walks of life. Through three stories told by three different story tellers, the play introduces some underlying dynamics of anxiety and its impact on people’s lives. As the stories unfold, the […]

PART 1: “The Man of the Citadel” Play

This panel discussion promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking event, featuring two main theater pieces – “The Man of the Citadel” and “Prosperous and Secure Relationships.”  In “The Man of the Citadel,” the audience is taken on a play that was presented celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mohamed Ali Pasha reign in Egypt. Themes […]

On Death and Life (The Balcony Documentary)

The short documentary film, Balcony by media personality Bothayna Kamel, will be featured in this session. The film raises questions and reflections on a sensitive, difficult and triggering topic, which is suicide. The film is part of a conference sponsored by the Rakhawy Foundation, which invites us to rely on the assumptions and opinions of […]

4- My Therapist is Robot “Question marks and warnings signs

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been increasingly used in mental healthcare to provide psychological support and identify areas of risk for certain mental health conditions. However, concerns have been raised about the potential misuse of AI, particularly if not designed with psychological aspects in mind. (AI) was being used as a therapeutic factor. It has revolutionized […]

3- Global Wellbeing Direction in the Creative Sector

Session Content: The session will focus on the Global Wellbeing direction in the creative sector. Wellbeing-centered design, considering physical, mental, and emotional effects on buildings users and product consumers. Questioning the role of media in linking mental health with the creative industry and Today’s lifestyle. Ways of promoting awareness of mental health challenges and built […]

2- Neuroscience and Roles.Examining how taking on roles affect us

We will reflect on how roles in the entertainment industry (whatever they may be (costume designer, set designer, musician, actor, writer, etc.) affect ones brain. We will be examining mirror neurons, emotions, memories, neurotransmitters and how they are affected by the roles we live in. We will outline strategies on how to shift away from negative roles.

1- Impact of Media on the Field of Mental Health

This article is discussing the extent, nature, and impacts of portrayal of mental illness in fictional films and television programs and suggests that on-screen portrayals are frequent and generally negative, and have a cumulative effect on the public’s perception of people with mental illness and on the likelihood of people with mental illness seeking appropriate […]

4. Women, Media and Mental Health

The relationship between women, media, and mental health is complex. On one hand, the media can influence women’s mental health positively by providing information and resources about mental health issues, promoting self-esteem and self-care, and setting good role models. On the other hand, media can lead to the development of negative body image, unrealistic beauty […]

2.The Use of Cinema in Raising Awareness on Psychosis

The stigma of mental illness in Egyptian society is one of the most important barriers that prevent a mental patient from seeking specialized medical help  Unfortunately, the media, especially the cinema, has been the reason for confirming this stigma by presenting both the psychiatric patient and the doctor as material for ridicule and humor. Accordingly, […]

1- Boundaries between Psychiatrists and Patients in film and drama

This talk will explore psychiatrist-patient narratives as portrayed in Egyptian and American cinema and TV in the following themes: interdependency between psychiatrists and patients, professional identity, patients’ quest for mental well-being and implicit trust in their treating doctors.  The change in power dynamics in these relationships from a ‘paternalistic’, to ‘semi-dependent’, to ‘shared-decision’ models will […]