News Thematic year | Mental health to guide the Museum’s 2022–2023 programming

The Museum aims to be a space for discussion, debate and creative thinking on what is happening within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the cultural scene and day-to-day life. In keeping with this aim, every year, it selects an important societal issue as the guiding theme for its programming cycle, using its exhibitions, events, publications and online content as a way to learn with and alongside visitors and the general public. “Whenever people are debating important issues in wider society, we should be talking about them at the Museum, too,” said Pascal Hufschmid, executive director of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum has selected mental health as the guiding theme for the coming year. Alongside numerous partners from the worlds of humanitarian action, culture and research, the Museum will explore ideas and techniques that can be applied in day-to-day life. For its forthcoming programming cycle, it will give carte blanche to various contemporary artists, host co-creation projects, deliver mental-health first-aid courses for the public, hold a series of events on mental health in the humanitarian sector, offer “emergency yoga” classes, and run guided tours with two experts in emotion. In doing so, the Museum will reaffirm its role as an open, welcoming space that invites conversations about mental health, brings communities together and transforms knowledge into action.

The Year of Mental Health will place the issue of care – for oneself and for others – front and centre. And while it will not be possible to cover every angle, the Museum will seek to explore different avenues and give space to diverse voices on this complex subject.

Download the press release here : Mental health – press release in english


Details of the upcoming cycle

  • Mental-health first-aid courses:

What? Course leading to a certificate of completion delivered by ensa, a mental-health first-aid initiative by non-profit organization Pro Mente Sana (in French).

When? Sessions take place over two consecutive Saturdays at the Museum (9 am to 12:30 pm, and 1:30 pm to 5 pm). The course will run on October 2022, March, and June 2023.

Registration : 8 and 15 October 2022 // 4 and 11 March 2023 // 3 and 10 June 2023.

  • Emergencyoga:

What? A chance to feel present in your body, mind and spirit, and to focus on the here and now. Classes run at the Museum by Donna Williams, Founder of Emergencyoga and Regional Head of Resource Mobilization ICRC (in English and French).

When? The first Sunday of each month at 11 am, starting on 2 October, then 6 November, 4 December 2022, 8 January, 5 February, 5 March, 2 April and 7 May 2023.

Registration: combined offer, class + exhibition visits, suitable for all levels. Be careful, places are limited! 

  • Mental health in the humanitarian sector:

What? Multidisciplinary events led by Valérie Gorin, head of learning at the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies (in English).

When? Five 90-minute evening events held at the Museum between December 2022 and June 2023.

Registration: free entry.

  • Emotion-focused guided tours of the permanent exhibition:

What? Insights into the Museum’s permanent exhibition from researchers at the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (University of Geneva), in conversation with humanitarian practitioners and the public.

When? Sunday 6 November, 4 December and 7 May.

Registration: the guided tour is offered with the purchase of an exhibition ticket, either at the Museum or online.

  • Equilibres précaires/A Fragile Balance:

What? Temporary exhibition featuring brand-new productions by contemporary Swiss artists.

When? 9 November 2022 to 12 March 2023.

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