A festival which highlights mental health is set to return for a second year.

Five celebrity events, two films and more than 30 workshops have been planned for this year’s Bridport Mind Fest.

The festival aims to support and celebrate mental health and wellbeing by reducing the stigma of mental illness and encouraging people to talk about, and look after, their own mental wellbeing.

All are welcome to get involved in the event’s activities, which include everything from music and creative writing workshops to chatting live with advice columnist Bel Mooney. TV doctor Jonty Heaversedge will be on hand to discuss the importance of mental wellbeing at work, and ‘Art in the Making’ will run throughout the festival, as organisers hope to celebrate the creative aspect of the mind. Work produced will be displayed at the Chapel in the Garden and everyone is welcome to contribute.

Focus will be given to topical issues, including the intense pressures faced by the farming community and what is being done across Dorset to support forces members, veterans and their families.

The spotlight will also shine on the mental health of young people, and the festival’s opening event will be a concert by Bristol-based rap artist, poet and musician Dizraeli, who will speak freely about mental health issues.

Having appeared at Glastonbury, the Royal Festival Hall and other prestigious venues, Dizraeli will appear at Bridport Youth Centre, together with a programme devised by centre members, at 7pm on Friday, October 5.

This comes after a workshop at the Sir John Colfox Academy.

Bringing the festival to a close on October 10 - World Mental Health Day - will be Rob Gee, a community mental health nurse, with his show ‘Kevin, King of Egypt’ at the Arts Centre. The following day will be devoted to young people, closing with Danny Sumbler and Will Ferris in concert.

Bridport Mind Fest runs from October 5-10 and tickets for events are available from the TIC and Arts Centre. The festival is run by volunteers and needs to fundraise to cover the costs of holding the events, which are all free or by donation.

Visit bridportmindfest.org