This week is Mental Health Awareness week, and to mark the imitative, we wanted to share some stories from the recent work we’ve been doing with important charities around taking care of mental heath.

 

Promoting high confidence, resilience and good mental health is a key aspect of all our workshops. Participation in creative activities has shown to reduce feelings of stress, isolation and loneliness. Feelings of wellbeing are one of the key benefits of taking part in activities outside of school and participation in group activities helps young people to feel better equipped to face some of their challenges.

 

Alongside our main programme of workshops, we’ve also been involved in some specialist mental health projects with some fantastic community partners…

Sparks Filmmaking Projects - Youth Mental Health

What it’s Like to Be Me – Kids Inspire

 

We’re so proud to work partnership with youth charity Kids Inspire, on this incredible project that explores youth mental health issues through participatory filmmaking.

 

What it’s Like to Be Me is a look into individual and group experiences, with the aim of opening up personal stories and communication around things we might find difficult to say in real life. Instead, we engage with issues in a safe, creative space and use filmmaking alongside drama therapy as a tool to communicate feelings and self expression.

 

The group’s last film premiered to an audience of close family and friends in February, in a fun screening event hosted by Kids Inspire. It tackled issues including anxiety, body-image, unsuitable relationships and loneliness. We were so proud to be a part of it and look forward to continuing this really special project.

 

Find out more about What it’s Like to Be Me

Moving Minds – Into Film

 

In partnership with Into Film, Hammersmith Academy and Bromley CAMHS, we were part of an inspiring mental heath project, Moving Minds.

 

The Moving Minds project aimed to investigate the issues in youth mental heath and create a snapshot of work to shed light on the daily experiences of children and teenagers.

 

We worked with young people at Hammersmith Academy to produce their own film that focused on bullying issues, feelings of isolation, and how small kindnesses and being sensitive to others can make a huge difference in people’s lives.

 

With Bromley CAMHS, we worked with a group of young people to explore visual ways of communicating stories, thoughts and experiences using drawn animations.

 

We loved working on both projects, which were screened by Into Film in a film festival presentation of all the work produced by various groups. It’s was a really powerful collection of films that offered such a rare (and raw) insight into so many of the pressures and experiences of different young people. 

Find out more about Moving Minds

Additional Support & Resources

 

We’ll be sharing some more project ideas in support of youth mental health later on this week.

There are also lots of fantastic resources for supporting youth mental health available from both Kids Inspire and Into Film. Take a look at their websites for ideas and additional support. 

You’ll also find lots more resources available from Young Minds and from The Prince’s Trust

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