Why Mind Blank?
Theatre use in an educational setting can help students to open up and engage in discussions about their shared experiences and help promote positive change.
The interactive nature of Mind Blank helps audience members reflect on their own personal situations, and come up with solutions that work for them. The audience tries to fix things, and the actors remind the audience that things aren’t always so easy to fix.
What were the measurable impacts of this project/program?
In order to track our programs progress the Mind Blank team seeks to aim for best practice evaluation techniques.
Despite having different program demographic focus’ program aims fall under the following key themes:
•Gain new knowledge of mental health issues
•Build confidence and resilience skills
•Demonstration the application of early intervention help-seeking action
•Provide crisis support numbers and referral pathways (on a needs basis)
Key outcomes are measured using the following methods:
1) Participant are asked to complete a survey before and after the program. This aim’s to capture prior knowledge of mental health subject matter, as well as inform the team on insights from lessonslearned from the program rollout.
2) Participants will complete a role play assessment to demonstrate early intervention skills gained.
3) An independent program evaluation assessment will take place to assess insights on participant's confidence and resilience skills. Interview and survey data is collected from insights from teaching staff or workplace supervisors, as well as program facilitator's feedback.
Is it appropriate for your children?
We are very aware that age matters when it comes to discussing certain topics surrounding mental health. We work hard to ensure that our content is age-appropriate, and that all measures are put inplace to ensure children aren’t overwhelmed.
Before the workshop, we disclose exactly what type of content the audience will be experiencing, and collect consent forms.We also provide post-performance letters for parents, including a list of questions to continue the discussion at home.
During our school performances, we point out where the teachers and support staff are in the room, to ensure students receive adequate care if they are affected by any of the issues mentioned inthe workshop.
Upon leaving the event, audience members are given a ‘crisis card’ with national helpline numbers, along with a QR code which provides local information tailored to your specific area.
What others are saying about us:
“The show was the best I’ve seen in my three years at school. The topics covered were age-appropriate and addressed the social skills we need in our area. The students talked about the actors longafter they had left, and their presence made a big impact on our students.”
“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.’”
- Searle, K. A. (2017). Breaking down the barriers: Using drama to engage young people in mental health promotion and prevention- A quantitative and qualitative research trial. Master of Science - Research (Psychology), University of Wollongong, Wollongong.
- Mind Blank supported by Courage Partners (2019) Evaluation of Primary School Mental Health Awareness Program Trial. Approved by ACT Department of Education as an internal document.
- Mind Blank supported by Courage Partners (2020) Evaluation of Secondary School Mental Health Awareness Program Grafton.
Current conversations are taking place with Canberra University and Griffith University to support studying the following research questions:
- What are the long term benefits and challenges of Mind Blank’s health promotion activities. Current Progress: An ethics application submitted Canberra University.
- Research evaluation ofthe impacts of Mind Blank mental health education programs in workplaces. Current Progress: An ethics application submitted Canberra University.
Through interactive workshops Mind Blank is able to help promote a positive workplace culture within targeted employers which can lead to greater awareness of and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues within the workplace and our communities.Read more
Anxiety in Children. What are the causes? Click here to find out more through our online blog page.Read more
Find out about how bullying in schools can effecting children’s mental health. Be proactive about prevention today.Read more
We are all dealing with a changing world. This blog will feature some top tips to help easing out of lockdown.Read more
Depression in young adults is not something to take lightly. We believe that no one needs to suffer alone.Read more
Body Image issues in Young Adults is a subject we all need to talk about.Read more
Anxiety what are the facts and how to deal with it?Read more
Suicide Prevention can help create a better future for our young people. Read more out more about suicide prevetion via our online blog series.Read more
In 2017 Mind Blanks efforts were recognised in winning the Mental Health Matters Award for Mental Health Promotion, and in 2019 the team was presented with the Mental Health Services Award for Mental Illness Prevention.Read more
Mind Blank early intervention programs are known from winning award recognition in the mental health sector. Our award-winning programs have toured Australia wide. Enquire within.Read more
You may be looking for some additional help-seeking service support. Please note that Mind Blank itself does not provide crisis intervention or counselling, there are some help-seeking phone numbers and helplines provided on this page. If you are in need of urgent support or are worried about someone, please contact your local doctor or call emergency services on 000.Read more
Want to know what can you do to help support someone who is struggling? Here are our top 6 tips.Read more
Mind Blank is proud to announce that we have made an alliance with the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association.Read more
This article will feature's ways that you can boost your mental well-being.Read more
Nature and spending time outdoors are great for your mental health. Read on to find out why?Read more
The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference is designed to provide practical, relevant information and strategies for professionals to apply directly to their work supporting the mental health of children and adolescents from 3-19 years of age.Read more
Click here to find out more about the Mind Blank Ltd Whistle Blower policy.Read more
Are you thinking of making a donation to Mind Blank? Click here to find out more about Mind Blank Ltd's fundraising and collection policy.Read more
Mind Blank is proud to work alongside the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association to help support The Mental Health Connect 2020 Online Expo. Click here to find out more.Read more
This article features 10 insights regarding Workplace Mental Health. Find out what signs you can look out for when it comes to COVID 19.Read more
Mind Blank’s mission is supportive of Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being. Find out how we complement making an impact in the community.Read more
Have you been feeling a little blue lately? This article will show you 10 things you can do to support your mental health today!Read more
Over the coming months Mind Blank will perform theatrical workshops to over 1.000 Brisbane students focusing on early intervention and mental health help-seeking tactics.Read more
A discussion of the different stages and ways to promote cognitive development in children as well as the role of the pandemic.Read more
Mind Blank were very excited to run their first in-person NSW workshop in two years! Canterbury-Bankstown City Council invited Mind Blank to engage local teens at the Youth Mental Health Summit in Belmore in April.Read more
Kristal Ruiz joins Mind Blank to expand their Workplace Mental Health Awareness Program as a Community Ambassador Fellow.Read more