A Discovery College Drama & Film Project, in Partnership with CAMHS – 2017/18
This collaborative project was developed to allow young people with mental health challenges to voice their experiences of school to teachers, through the medium of a play which was developed through improvisation & discussions. As part of the project a documentary film was produced which includes interviews with the participants about their school lives and how their experiences could be improved. This film is now being distributed to all schools in East & West Sussex, and Brighton & Hove as a teacher’s aid, supported by a CAMHS pack on mental health.
Funded by Awards for All, Chalkcliff Trust, Davidson Family Trust, Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Hastings Borough Council, Police Property Act Fund, St James Place Foundation, and Sussex Community Foundation
‘Really powerful and relevant. Although we are very aware of the troubles students face we rarely hear from them about what it is like in school when facing these problems.” Staff member, Ark Helenswood Academy
“Fantastic, brave performances” Audience Member
“I would like to express how at ease I felt knowing that she was not only safe, but that she was being respected and listened to” Parent of Participant
“It transformed her into a more confident strong young woman who is now less scared in forming new relationships” Parent of Participant