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A Spiralling Mind – Mental Health

"With specific focus on self harm, anxiety and eating disorders."

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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

Location/travel/accommodation needs

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.


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We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.

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