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The Assessment

the vacuum cleaner


Mental illness seems to be on the rise; one in four of us will experience some form of mental ill heath in our lives – some statistics put that number at closer to 1 in 2. In 2012 around 50 million prescriptions for anti-depressants were written – anxiety is amongst the most common symptoms.

Is half the population struggling with their minds? Are psychiatrists over diagnosing? Or are changing attitudes making it easier to seek help? And what about you? You are not a statistic, you’re a person with a free mind. How’s your mental health.

If the boundaries between madness and ‘normality’ are blurred, how do we define what is a mental illness, and what isn’t? As part of acting-out: the insitution denied, this new performative event by the vacuum cleaner invites you to delve into your own mind, to be assessed for common mental health conditions, whilst testing the current processes of diagnosis.

Disclaimer: Whilst this piece uses real Mental Health Assessment tools, it should not be seen as a valid or clinical alternative to seeking professional support with your mental health.


Date and time

17 June 2014

Please note
This is now a past event.


Anxiety Festival
Anatomy Museum & Theatre, King's College, London