A spiralling mind, is an interactive forum theatre performance and workshop using professional actors and specialist facilitators to explore key issues around mental health.
* A Spiralling Mind, written by Barney Thompson.
Reduce stigma of mental health
Increase understanding of mental health (including anxiety, self harm and eating disorders)
Encourage young people to support themselves and others
Signpost young people to mental health services and support groups
Establish protective factors and encourage early prevention
Explore the impact Covid and other related issues has had on young people
The workshop is 60 to 90 minutes long and can be repeated up to 5 times per day
This workshop is suitable for year 7’s upward
This workshop can be delivered as part of a longer-term project responding to the themes in the performance
Costs depend on:
Additional / specific requirements of partner
Evaluation depth / requirements
Number of preparatory meetings required
Requests for additional staff
Number of actors
Between £650 to £1,100 per half day and £880 and £1,600 per full day. All costs include lead facilitators, actors and evaluation.
This particular performance focuses on mental health, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and the negative effects of social media.
The workshop involves interactive debate and discussion exercises and engagement with the actors in performance in order to search for solutions.
There is a post-performance discussion to explore triggers, warning signs and vulnerabilities and signposting to available support services. This programme of work was initially commissioned by Salford NHSCCG and has been successfully delivered at 21 High Schools in Salford, to 7,000+ participants over 4 years. The work has been supported and guided by 42nd street mental health charity and was awarded ‘Best Engagement’ at Association of Healthcare Communications & Marketing Awards 2017 and 2018.
100% of teachers and 97% of young people rated the workshop good or excellent. 88% of young people said that as a result of the workshop, they knew how to get help and support if they were experiencing a mental health issue. 75% said they felt school lessons was a good way to get the message across and discuss this sensitive issue.
“I didn’t even know you could speak to teachers about this.”
“Don't be scared to show your emotions, talking does help.”
“I understand more about mental health and how to support my friends, 'I'm happy we are discussing this.”
“Good to know I'm not the only one struggling.”
“Mental health is something you can't see, don't hide away your feelings because it can get too much, you should always seek out help.”
“I now know how to help others and know that everyone deals with it differently.”
”An amazing demonstration about the effects of mental health.”
“The workshop allowed the young people to think about the topic, share information and opinions; difficult subject very sensitively handled.”
“The workshop was really engaging and delivered the information to pupils in a focused, dynamic way. The actors/ facilitators were amazing in energy and focusing pupils.”
Become A Participant
You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community projects and sessions.
We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.