Children's Mental Health Early Intervention Education Programs
Mind Blank use evidence informed primary prevention programs aim to reduce the risk of suicide through interactive theatre targeting schools and the community. This is a suicide prevention approach. We reduce stigma in order to increasing help-seeking.
We partner with service providers to:
- Enhance children and young people’s knowledge around mental health issues.
- Make sure our next generation know where to seek support.
Theatre use in an educational setting can help students open up discussions from their shared experience...they are receptive to listening attentively and correctly identify the educational message being portrayed (Waters, Monks, Ayres & Thomson, 2012).
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
- Approx. 1 hour (45 min of forum discussion and interaction)
- Featuring 3-4x professional youth actors with audience sizes up to 200
- Performance topics include; mental wellness, depression/anxiety, transitional stress or a custom script that can address specific needs of the school community.
To host a program in your school, we charge a rate of $1,500.00 for the first show and an additional $500.00 per show on the same day. Your generous purchase will fund the fees of our actors, cover travel expenses and enable the team at Mind Blank to continue to spread the word about youth suicide prevention, across Australia.
If funding is an issue, please contact the team. We are actively collecting letters of support to help apply for funding to subside costs for areas that need it most.
Feedback from Teachers
“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 children talked about the actors long after they had left. Their presence made a big impact on our students.”
Feedback from the Children
“It helped me learn about feelings and helps me know I can ask for help”
“I enjoyed the play, it was not only fun, but it made awareness around mental health.”