A spiralling mind, is an interactive forum theatre performance and workshop using professional actors and specialist facilitators to explore key issues around mental health.
Educate young people on the issue of self-harm
Identify behaviours and/or triggers of someone who may be self-harming
Encourage young people to seek assistance and support
Signpost young people to mental health services and support groups
Establish protective factors and encourage early prevention
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.
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
Usually between £450 and £525 per half day. £750 and £810 per full day (including facilitator and team of actors and multiple performances per day)