Mental Health: Mind Matters
It's time to talk about mental illness
Mental illness touches all of our lives in some way.
In 2014, the National Institute of Mental Health reported that there were an estimated 43.6 million adults in the U.S. with a mental illness — 18.1% of all adults in the United States. 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 gives us the words we need to start conversations, the words we might avoid, and the wisdom to be advocates instead of judges. Star Tribune
Mental Health: Mind Matters uses immersive experiences and multimedia activities to provide a respectful, informative, engaging place where substantive learning, conversations, and social interactions can occur surrounding the topic of mental health.
Inside the Exhibition
In this tri-lingual English, Spanish, and French exhibition, you can explore how mental illness has been treated in the past, put yourselves in the shoes of people living with mental illness, and use full-body activities to learn about healthy recognition and expression of emotions.
- Engage with interactive components that examine the history of treatments, common misperceptions of mental illnesses and mental health, and how attitudes toward mental illnesses have varied over time.
- Explore empathy-building experiences that demonstrate what some people who live with mental illnesses may experience.
- Discover how artistic activities like painting, dancing, and writing can help us identify and express our emotions, and strengthen our mental health.
- Try noise-distorting headphones to experience the difficulties some people with symptoms of psychosis may experience if they are unable to filter out sounds in their environment.
- Engage with sensory-based games that explore the healthy expressions of emotions.
- Write down your worries and shred them in the Worry Shredder.
- Listen to the thoughts of a father who is living with depression and the reactions of his wife and son.
- Hear from people — in their own words — about how mental illnesses affect their lives.
Mental Health: Mind Matters was produced for North America by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with Heureka: The Finnish Science Centre.
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
Science Museum of Minnesota
At the museum: 05/07/2022 - 07/31/2022
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