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Mental health mini-festival "Ogle" to take place in Riga

The association "Ogle" (Coal) will hold a mini-festival devoted to mental health awareness on July 4, the event organizer Alise Cepurīte said on June 25.

The event will take place in Riga, at Sporta 2 Square, with talks and lectures on mental health, as well as musical performances.

Given that the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus caused a large part of the population to adapt to new conditions, this has been an emotionally challenging half-year, so the association Ogle is organizing the mini-fest to remind of the importance of mental health in everyday life, explained Cepurīte.

As part of the event, it will be possible to attend the lessons of the crisis center “Skalbes”, to hear stories of experience together with professionals, and to watch Kārlis Lesiņš' film "Izmisums", after which a discussion with the film's actors will follow.

Along with educational conversations and lectures on mental health, therapeutic yoga and meditation lessons will take place, led by a specialist from Norway, with the opportunity to learn breathing techniques. At the end of the evening, on the mini-fest stage, there will be an opportunity to hear the musicians "Ārpilsētas sakars", Arturs Skutelis, "Čipsis un Dullais", and "Sudden Lights".

The Ogle Society was created in 2019, with the aim to raise awareness and understanding of suicide and depression in the community iand focus attention on the importance of mental health. This year, mini-festival “Ogle” will take place for the second time.

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