Recently, we teamed up with Fluid Motion Theatre Company to organise something really exciting. Mental health problems affect 1 in 10 people and Fluid Motion Theatre Company, based in Basingstoke, are running an amazing initiative called ‘The 1 in 10 project’ to raise awareness of this. It’s an arts-based project that allows young people to explore mental health topics and encourages positive mental wellbeing - sounds great right?! We simply had to get involved!
So, earlier this month we organised and hosted an hour’s practical online workshop with the lovely Natalie - a professional artist from Fluid Motion who got everyone up on their feet and thinking about what they have been doing to stay positive and maintain a ‘happy brain’, especially during these uncertain times. It was a safe space for our young people to discuss mental health and explore ways to express their emotions in creative ways.
The workshop equipped our young participants with the knowledge and tools to use art forms to capture their version of what good mental health means to them in a 1-minute video. We’ve shared a couple of these on our social media channels and we'll be sharing a few more so keep an eye out for them on Facebook and Instagram pages! Check out this amazing video one of the participants submitted...
Natalie from Fluid Motion led a wonderful workshop with the participants, she facilitated a safe, supportive space for young people to explore mental health. Despite many of the young people not having worked together previously they were all very open and willing to be creative. They created some lovely responses and were all very respectful and encouraging thanks to Natalie’s brilliant delivery and the structure of the workshop. It was very enjoyable to watch and be a part of and I left with a big smile on my face.
Amanda Watkinson - Project Manager, Move Momentum
The workshop taught me that the arts allow you to express yourself and what you are feeling. They allow you to explore what makes you, you in a creative way and it can be quite cathartic.
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