Mind Blank Theatre Programs


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Mind Blank's aim is to reduce the risk of suicide through interactive performances in schools and communities. The Mind Blank model  fits in with the Australian Curriculum mainly through the PDHPE & Drama/arts curriculum. Our programs are designed to enhance social skills and reflect functioning in young people. Personal and social skills that we encourage as part of our program include:  

Self- Awareness
We encourage recognising and regulating emotions by guiding the students to empathise with the protagonists storyline.  

Self - Management
Our program facilitators will guide the students to ask questions as to how they would behave differently if they were a bystander in the scenarios presented in the script.  This challenges them to show initiative and be adaptive to the scenario changes.  

Social Awareness
 We help the students to understand relationships with others.  For example, we follow the main character home in which she hesitates to share with her parents what is happening.  The moral lesson we wrap up the scene with rationalises that other people can not read your mind, and so there is a need to tell people in your life what is going on if you need help. 

Social Management
Mind Blank programs invite the entire year group to participate in the workshop as it is a collaborative effort to come up with the solutions on stage.

Program Topics: 

The Story of Dan – Depression Awareness (High School and Primary School) 

Dan starts the show as a highly functioning, socially well-adjusted teen, and is an only child in a single parent family. His mother then starts a new relationship and has twins to this relationship. Dan’s world starts to fall apart following a move to another town due to family financial pressures and the necessity for Dan’s step father to find new employment. In this forum the audience is questioned as to how we can help Dan through various difficult periods of his life.

Key Program Themes

- Building confidence

- Addressing negative self-talk

- Help seeking

- Conflict resolution skills

-  Peer pressure


Click here for information on Depression.

 

The Story of Katie and Suzie - Anxiety & Exam Stress (High School Only) 

This forum follows two characters from two different family backgrounds. Both characters share one common character trait. They both suffer from undiagnosed anxiety. By the end of the play, students will be asked to brainstorm some positive strategies to deal with the pressures of exam time and help identify some early warning signs to detect anxiety in the characters on stage.

Key program themes

- Dealing with stress

- Exam planning

- Help seeking

- Self-care

- Time management
 

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The Story of Chelsea Anxiety & Exam Stress (Primary School Only)

This forum follows Chelsea. This year Chelsea has decided she wants to take school seriously so she starts to study hard. By the end of the play, students will be asked to brainstorm several strategies to deal with the pressures of exam time. This story will also help students to identify some early warning signs to detect undiagnosed anxiety in the characters on stage

Key program themes

- Dealing with stress

- Exam planning

-  Help seeking

- Self-care

- Time management

 Click here for more information on our Primary School programs. 

The Story of Sam - Dealing With Change (Primary School Only)

This story is about Sam. Sam is in Year 6, and people are already asking him what high school is going to go to? By the end of the play, students will be asked to brainstorm some positive strategies to deal with the preparations of transitioning into high school. We will help students discuss what potential mental health issues that can develop under stress and pressure, as well as help them identify some helpful strategies for dealing with change.

Key program themes

- Dealing with stress

- Help seeking

- Self-care

- Time management

-  Risk taking

 

The Story of Bec - Cyberbullying (High School Only)

Bec is a typical teenager, but one day her life turns upside down. It all starts when she leaves her phone in the bathroom. A photo was taken on it and then it is distributed to her contacts without her knowledge. Due to this incident Bec becomes a victim of cyberbullying. This workshop will explore the theme to show young people how to support someone who may be targeted online.

Key program themes

- Online safety 

- Respectful relationships with peers

- Help seeking

- Signs of cyberbullying

- Bystander support 

 Click here for more information on bullying in schools.

 

The Story of Jane - Transition to Work Script (High School and Community)

Jane gets her first job as an office worker. Although she is nervous, she is welcomed with great support from her colleagues at work and her family are thrilled for her. By the end of the play she ends up unemployed without a reference and the first time in her life she is experiencing feelings of low self-esteem and depression. Audience members can walk away knowing the value of self-care application, how to promote a speak-up culture at work and knowledge on the important pathways to seek help to encourage emotional and mental wellness.

Key program themes

- Workplace laws and legislation

- Self-Care

- Help seeking

- Conflict resolution skills

- Speak-up culture

 Click here for more information on our workplace product.

 

The Story of Jayden Undiagnosed Mental Health/Poor Choices (High School and Primary School) 

Jayden’s home life is busy! He has two parents that are constantly at odds with each other. He also has heaps of aunties and uncles, friends and cousins that pop in to visit them, all the time. Things start to go pear shaped for Jayden when he starts falling behind in school. His teacher Miss Jansen wants to support him, but Jayden doesn't know how to ask for help. By the end of the play he mixes with the wrong crowd of kids and ends up in trouble with the police. 

This script explores early intervention support tactics to encourage students to identify community service support and the consequences of making poor choices. 

Key program themes

- Gossip in the playground

- Identifying  a safe space

- Alcoholism

- Conflict resolution skills

-  Help seeking 

 Click here for more information about some of our Top End collaborations.

The Story of Emily – Consent Culture (High School and University) 

This is a story about Emily. Despite her seeming happy, deep down Emma is in trouble at Uni. Trouble that sees her dropping out of her degree, and also leaving her with some serious mental issues. This script will explore themes such as boundaries and nonverbal consent, along with the role of the bystander and communication skills around asking for help. 

 

Key program themes

- Boundaries setting

- Communication skills

- Nonverbal consent

- Help seeking

- Bystander roles

 Click here to find out about our University collaborations