Does your school or community group struggle to talk openly about mental health? Are you looking for a unique way to kickstart the discussion? Mind Blank could be the experience you’ve been looking for! Get in touch today for a school information pack.
How Mind Blank Works?
We visit your school and perform our specially-designed interactive workshop, which tackles important topics surrounding mental ill-health, such as depression and anxiety. We are also able to provide custom scripts for your community’s specific needs.
The story showcases a lived experience with mental ill-health, and asks students to consider what they would do in each scenario. Our hour-long show features three professional youth actors and caters for audiences of up to 200. You will walk away from the Mind Blank experience with specific knowledge of mental health issues, ways of promoting good behaviour, and tactics for avoiding harm. Our goal is to reduce the risk of suicide in Australia through interactive performances.
Why Mind Blank?
Our programs are evidence based practice, we work in parallel with health professionals and researchers to develop our scripts and approach.
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.
Is It Appropriate For Your School?
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 in place to ensure young people 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 in the 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.
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Do You Live Regionally?
1/3 of Mind Blanks work is conducted in rural and regional towns. Enquire today to find out more details on how we can tour to your community. Here is some insight from Melissa Robinson. Project Coordinator for Kempsey Community Suicide Prevention.
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