Prevent the risk of suicide before its too late

Mind Blank's aim is to reduce the risk of suicide through interactive performances in schools and communities.

We are a unique community led response to a national mental health priority.

Prevent the risk of suicide before its too late


Every 3 hours in Australia, someone takes their life by way of suicide (ABS, 2015), of this, 15 more twelve to seventeen year olds make an attempt (Orygen, 2017). 

 

 "We are a unique community led response to a national mental health priority, and we are the only organisation promoting young people and community suicide prevention through forum theatre in the world." 

 

Want to see how we measure up? 

Here is our latest Annual Report.

For more information about our latest program evaluation results: Click here.

Our Story

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 Meet Mind Blank's CEO & Founder Alison Kelly (Ally) 

Ally Kelly is the CEO & Founder of Mind Blank Ltd.  For years she has been grass roots social advocate and a firm believer in early intervention.  She has led the charity through seven years of service, for which her efforts were recognised in winning the 2017 Mental Health Matters Award for Mental Health Promotion.

Ally is an experienced senior manager in the non-profit sector. Previously, her roles outside of Mind Blank included work in the social services supporting marginalised community members and outreach services support to rough sleepers.

In 2018 she is due to complete her Masters in Humanitarian studies. She believes that early prevention offers the greatest hope for intervention recovery and therefore takes every opportunity to educate the community to recognise the early signs of mental illness, without stigmatising or discriminating.

As a survivor of past trauma Ally has had first-hand experience with PTSD. Her passion for the cause comes from a compassion that was triggered from being a carer for a parent who has been suicidal many times.

“Statistics show that due to my history I am at higher risk of suicide and ongoing mental health issues. I refuse to accept this. I am living proof that as individuals we can change this reality. 

I created Mind Blank because I believe in my core that no –one needs to suffer in silence! I believe that there are some amazing service providers that exist, and that due to stigma people wait too long before they seek help. Often I hear of stories where people are finally ready for help, however  they stumble through the system. Crisis kicks in and an individual is put on a 6week to 6month waiting list, with no training on what to do in the meantime.

If you would like to know more about Mind Blank and what we do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome your ideas and support to continue to make a difference to the future generation of young Australians.”

 

We aim to risk of suicide through interactive theatre in schools and communities.

Mind Blank uses evidence informed primary prevention programs as a suicide prevention approach. Click here to access Mind Blank's blog spot for self care tips, membership updates and so much more...

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Mind Blank Theatre Programs


Mind Blank is recognised Australia wide for mental health awareness and education through delivering innovative programs in schools, communities, and workplaces. We advocate a holistic and balanced approach through strategic partnerships and collaborations.

Our programs aim to reduce the risk of suicide  in rural and urban Australia. 

 Participates who attend our programs will:

* enhance their knowledge around mental health issues

* know where to seek support 

Program testimonials

"I was introduced to Mind Blank via a performance at Wollongong University. They performed to a student group of about 300 high school students. You could hear a pin drop- they had everyone’s attention, (including my own) in the palm of their hands."

Teacher

"Raising the awareness of positive life decisions when faced with mental health issues. This has been achieved by not lecturing but allowing students to make these powerful decisions themselves through interactive theatre arming them with the skills and knowledge to know when to seek help".

Teacher

"I thank you for inspiring to face the demons of my past… I consider myself to be a survivor of the battlefield of depression and victor, I look back on things passed and realize I have changed for the better and have come so far and syllable have a long way to go…. Thank you… I’m truly truly grateful to have witnessed Mind Blank at our school"

Young Person

 “The actors were excellent in interacting with the students we have at our school. The show was the best I’ve seen in my 3 years at school… The topics covered were age appropriate and addressed the social skills we need in our area. Well done to everyone!! The students talked about the actors long after they had left. Their presence made a big impact on our students.”

Teacher

 “When asked if the end message of the program was clear: “I asked some of my students what they got out of the performance and this is exactly what they said- there’s always someone to help- you just have to ask.  You have to communicate if you want people to know how you feel and to help you.” 

Teacher

 “The students were very engaged in the session… they were keen to think up solutions to the scenario’s and the drama applied to their responses… so it was sending a message to the students that they had the solutions to the problems they presented.” 

Teacher

 “It was good to have us interact with it as well because I think interaction is a better way to take in information, because you’re giving information that you think is correct and getting it confirmed back at you sort of thing.” 

Student

“The things we’ve learnt about before, like when we’d been spoken to about mental health problems, they kind of said, this is what will happen, like, you know, you won’t be able to concentrate blah, blah, blah. But it was, I don’t know, I guess we had a different feeling about it after seeing people act it out and how it would actually affect like, people our age, how it would affect their life, just like, even in the smallest details. Yeah.” 

Student

“Theatre use in an educational setting can help students open up discussions from their shared experience, as well as assist with change.  Research evaluations have revealed that students experience joy and strong emotions when watching educational theatre, they are receptive to listen attentively and correctly identify the educational message being portrayed” (Waters, Monks, Ayres & Thomson, 2012). 

Why Mental Health Promotion? Why use theatre?

“Qualitative research suggests that Mind Blank’s approach has the ability to reduce levels of stigma surrounding mental health problems. There are many reports of young people being increasingly engaged in discussion around the mental health problems of themselves or their peers."

Kerry Searle Registered Psychologist

Master of Science (Research) Candidate through the University of Wollongong

"Their ability to engage students into this taboo topic is brilliant and the ability to keep the conversation going-that is the successful component of Mind Blank. I can’t recommend this enough. Students will love it, teachers will appreciate the unique approach it takes to mental health and everyone will benefit from this much needed creative production."

Teacher

“It was great! Some of our most challenging year 12 students stopped me in the playground and thanked me for bringing Mind Bank to the school, we all learned so much."

Teacher

"Young people are reported to be more comfortable with the fact that they have mental health problems and feel more justified in seeking assistance. One teacher described a Mind Blank show at his school as a ‘life changing’ event for one of his troubled students.”

Kerry Searle Registered Psychologist

Master of Science (Research) Candidate through the University of Wollongong

"It truly was the highlight of the action packed day. In my 13 years as a PDHPE teacher, I have never seen mental health be brought the forefront with such enjoyment, fun and interaction."

Teacher

"As a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth populations, it is my opinion that the Mind Blank theatre forum topics have the potential to open up informed discussions around youth mental health issues in a way that is meaningful, engaging and real for the young people involved, and these are vital ingredients for working effectively with young people."

Service Provider

"As a psychologist with over 15 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth populations, it is my opinion that the Mind Blank theatre forum topics have the potential to open up informed discussions around youth mental health issues in a way that is meaningful, engaging and real for the young people involved, and these are vital ingredients for working effectively with young people."

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Evidence Based Program Evaluation Mental Health Practice


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Click here to access our 2018 Impact Report
For more samples of program outcomes: Click here.

Our evaluation framework is based off five key features: 

1. Current survey evaluation practices run on three levels of feedback surveys. These surveys are designed to encourage aspects of self-improvement, measuring attitudes and intentions for help seeking behaviours. An annual audit of survey questions takes place.  If and when the resources are  available collaborations will also run participant’s surveys and/or focus groups implemented on a pre-post and 6-month follow up basis. 

2. We are guided by good governance practice. In application, this is an ongoing effort to keep up to date with industry leaders, government officials and an ever-changing market space. 

3. We aim to continue to align with partnerships and collaborators to promote innovation and efficacy in program methodology and evaluation in the arts and health space.

4. The Mind Blank team aspires to contribute to and inform a current body of research analysing the benefits of art and health programs in Australia by sharing program outcomes.

5. When engaging in partnerships it is important to define ongoing evaluation intentions upfront to aim for longitudinal data collection (if and when appropriate).

The above framework is influenced by the National Arts and Health Framework as well as the interviews conducted in a research study (Kelly, 2018). It is intended as a strategic guide only and will require active review.

 

 Below are some additional examples of some of our current evaluation questions and formats:

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Key information you need to know prior to booking a Mind Blank Performance

- Mind Blank is Sydney, Brisbane, Melbounre and Canberra (ACT) based, therefore performances booked outside of the Sydney, Brisbane, Melbounre and Canberra CBD, rural areas or interstate, travel costs are to be expected

- Performance costs: Package deals available if booking more than one performance on the same day.

- Our performances are 1hr in duration

- Max audience size 200

Please note: during all performances we recommend that microphones are provided to the cast. A venue with a speaker is sufficient to plug microphones into, this can in turn increase the quality of our product delivery.

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Please Note:

- Mind Blank is a health promotion charity and we are not a Mental Health service provider. If you need immediate help or information on existing services please click here.
- Current volunteer positions are advertised here. 

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