Mind Blank for Schools
The SCUBA Initiative is a program that tours to high schools. The audience is shown a “worse-case” mental health scenario from start to finish. Then the cast of the show replay certain scenes, taking suggestions from the audience as to how the conflicts could be better resolved. This project aims to increase the number of individuals seeking help regarding their emotional and social wellbeing and increase the identification, referral and treatment of at-risk individuals by service systems and professionals.
How the program works in schools
Showcase a story of lived experience with mental ill health.
Alongside service providers we create theatre-based performances with audience interaction
1 hour (45 min of forum discussion and interaction)
Featuring 4x professional youth actors with audience sizes up to 200
Performance topics include; Depression, Anxiety or a custom script that can address specific needs of the school community.
Linking with curriculum
Mind Blank’s work is in line with the PDHPE school curriculum. NSW curriculum changes now also include new syllabus to include dealing with adversity, loss and grief as well as domestic violence and drug abuse (Morphet, 2018). Our programs complement these existing health and pastoral care units. We encourage young people to use the support and resources they have in school as an important positive help seeking pathway.
Current Production Themes:
- Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention
- Transition to High School/Uni (anxiety and adapting to change)
- Self Care & Exam Stress
- Transition to the Workplace
- Hepatitis C Education
*additional changes may apply to script content outside these listed topics
So far our team has hosted more than 100 forum theatre events to over 20,000 young Australians.
We currently have an active team of actors in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. One third of our work is generated from other states and territories, including rural Australian communities. If you are interested in hosting a program in your school, do not hesitate to reach out to our team through https://www.mindblank.org.au/bookings. If funding may be a restriction to your school we recommend that you send an expression of interests to our team through this link https://www.mindblank.org.au/contact-us