Donation to Young Minds

Apologies for the lack of updates since our last performance – term time got into full swing and we had to wait on a couple of things before making our announcements.

Firstly we would like to thank everyone who came to see the extra performance on Saturday 10th September: the audience was much bigger than we were expecting and everyone felt very engaged with the work we were presenting. Thankyou very much to everyone who helped us at the Abbey Theatre – especially Tina, Paul and Susie who I know in person did a lot of work to help us out – we felt very welcome and supported over there.

Secondly we are delighted to announce that we will be donating £2,535.75 to Young Minds. Thankyou very much to everyone who has donated or bought a ticket to one of the performances; it is thanks to your generosity that we have reached this fantastic amount. You will have helped other young people suffering with a mental illness as well as helping their families and friends understand how to help them best. If you would like more information on the work that Young Minds are doing you can take a look at their website, or this post on our blog.

Theatre of Minds is not finished. We will continue to update the blog when we can, and it is our aim that at some point in the future we’ll come back with a whole new project and production. For now, if you would like to look at the work we have been doing, you can check out the Our Work tab on the blog and follow us on twitter for regular updates.

Thankyou for all of your support – the project was bigger and better than we ever could have imagined and we are all so proud of what we have achieved.

Until next time.

xxx

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Young Minds Parent’s Helpline

All of the funds raised from our production of Base Layer will be donated to the charity Young Minds after the final performance on Saturday 10th September. Young Minds are the UK’s leading youth mental health charity and work with young people and their families when they are struggling with a mental illness.

Young Minds

Young Minds run a confidential parents helpline used by over 10,000 people in 2013 to help direct parents to the right support for their families. Parents, carers, grandparents and professionals like teachers and social workers have used the helpline to try and help a young person under the age of 25. It can be very difficult to make the first step of making this call, but the Young Minds advisors are trained to help you explore your worries and understand what your child is going through. They might then pass you on to a mental health specialist for further consultation.

All you have to do is call 0808 802 5544 (free from a mobile or landline) between 9:30am and 4pm on Monday-Friday and there will be someone there to help.

There is also an online contact form to use if it is easier to write down your concerns rather than saying them outloud. Anyone can contact the charity when they are in need – they have heard it all before and no problem is too small.

The aim of the project is for Young Minds to be able to help everyone who needs them but they can only do with with donations from outside sources in order to further their work. Through our work on Base Layer we have already raised over £2000 to in donations and ticket sales. If you would like to help support the charity, our crowdfunding page is still open for donations, or you can buy a ticket to come and see the performance at the Abbey Theatre on Saturday 10th September, the profits from which will also be donated to the charity. Please help us support the work of this fantastic group. Mental illness is everywhere and everyone is affected!

Theatre of Minds presents: Base Layer

If you missed out on seeing our performances in July, look no further! We recorded the performance on Saturday 16th July, and that is available for viewing here:

One in three children in every classroom suffers from a diagnosable mental health condition; you never know who might be affected. Theatre of Minds is a project, set up by young people between 15 and 19, to give a voice to those children and those around them.

This is a recording of our show, Base Layer, performed in July 2016 to raise money for mental health charity Young Minds. Within the performance we used spoken word, music and physical theatre to try to let anyone affected to know that they are not alone.

Thankyou to everyone who came to any of the performances of Base layer – you made the event very special for us all. If you weren’t able to make it on the night, we hope that this recording will allow you to get a flavour of what those in the live audiences experienced.

All funds raised through this project (in ticket sales and other donations) will be donated to Young Minds – the UKs leading youth mental health charity. If you would like to contribute our crowdfunding page is still open and any donations, however small, will be gratefully received: www.gofund.me/theatreofminds

ORGANISATIONS

Young Minds
Leading charity dedicated to improving the mental health of children and young people.
www.youngminds.org.uk

ChildLine
Children and young people up to 19 can contact childline to talk about anything, big or small.
www.childline.org.uk

Youth Talk
Counselling services avaliable to young people between 13 and 25 who live, work or attend school in the district of St Albans.
www.youthtalk.org.uk

Kooth
Free online counselling for young people, qualified counsellors avaliable till 10pm.
www.kooth.com

Thank you to:

Ms Shepherd, Mrs Hawkins, Miss Hosegood and all the staff at Beaumont School, Emily, Clare, Rhian and Emma at the Trestle Arts Base, Tina Swain at the Abbey Theatre, Andy Gray for technical support, Rachael Peacock at Sandringham School, Anthony Rowlands for help with fundraising, Matt and Jade at Young Minds, Syriol Jones for help with advertising, Jane Johnson at the OLLIE foundation, Debbie White at the Herts Advertiser, Kat Cormack, Kate Newton and Julie Allen from the St Albans City and District Council, Mary Crabtree, the front of house team, Rebecca and Katie for marketing material

Our show was a non-professional, all-profits-to-charity event in which we drew inspiration from a wide range of sources; plays, music, books etc. All materials used belong to the authors.
Materials used: Monkey Bars by Chris Goode, Albertine in Five Times by Michel Tremblay, Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, After the End by Dennis Kelly, Cutters Don’t Cry by Christine Dzidrums, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, What it feels like to have Anxiety by Meghan Rinks, Performance Anxiety by Mind, Every Brilliant Thing and Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, Mess by Caroline Horton, Charlie and Lola Theme by John Gresswell, Engine Fire by Silent Partner, Lost Boy by Ruth B, God Moving Over the Face of the World by Vitamin String Quartet, We Bought a Zoo by Jonsi, La Campanellla by Franz Liszt, Intertwined by Dodie Clark, Say Something by A Great Big World, Holes by Layla, Sun by Jonsi, Teardrop by Massive Attack

Thankyou to Katie Walton for filming and editing the video, and we hope you enjoyed the performance.
If you would like to donate, visit our crowdfunding page and help us support Young Minds.

Help from Young Minds

As we have said before, the support of this project has been amazing! We have been very lucky that our hard work has been recognised and appreciated so widely. As we are raising money for the charity Young Minds, we have been in touch with people there to let them know what we are doing, and to ask for advice.

Recently, our mum (Mrs Wilson, Head of Year 8 at Beaumont School) went on at course at the Young Minds headquarters and of course she took some of our flyers with her! We were very excited to find out that Marcella at Young Minds had put those flyers into the foyer at the headquarters to help us advertise wheat we are doing. Thankyou very much to Marcella for your help!!

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We were also invited by Matt – on the fundraising team – to write an article for the Young Minds blog. They post articles about people working on projects for the charity as a to let readers know about what is going on. You can read our article here on the Young Minds website. Thankyou very much to Matt for all your help and advice!

Base Layer: A production by young people for Young Minds – come and join us in supporting young people’s mental health. Tickets available here.

Young Minds

Through the Theatre of Minds project, we are trying to raise money for the charity Young Minds. Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They work to support the families of those affected and aim to improve the emotional resilience of children and young people across the UK.

The piece that we want to create through this project, will help to raise awareness of the issues tackled by Young Minds as well as raising funds to support their cause. Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder, meaning that we are all affected by the issue whether this is directly or through the people around us. As our family has been affected recently, the message that Young Minds share is very important to us, and we want to do what we can to spread that message to our community.

Young Minds believe that helping parents and carers understand their child’s behaviour is crucial to improving the emotional well-being of that child. They provide a free parents helpline as a lifeline for thousands of parents who are concerned about their child’s welfare. Calls are received by trained, friendly advisors who will be able to put parents in contact with their local services and provide them with the support that they need to in turn support the young person in their care.

One in fifteen children and young people deliberately self-harm and one in four young people in the UK experience suicidal thoughts, so although people may feel alone at the time, so many people around them will also have been affected by similar behaviours. Young Minds have been campaigning to raise awareness in order to help young people for 21 years, and are always trying to make information and support more accessible.

The work that this charity is doing helps not only the people directly affected by mental health disorders, but also those wanting to give support around them. They want to educate more people so that the stigma surrounding these conditions is lessened and people who need help can access it. However, the work can only continue with the help of donations and funding from communities like us. Getting involved in our fundraising project could help people around you that you aren’t even aware are suffering.

Lots more information about Young Minds can be found on their website http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ We hope that you will come and help us raise some money and awareness for this cause to help those who suffer in silence.

The Plan: Update

There have been many developments over the course of the summer holidays – our brains have been whirring with ideas. Plans for Theatre of Minds are slowly getting up and running.

With the help of the local community, we will be putting on two performances in July 2016. This will be a devised piece of theatre which we will create over a two week rehearsal period with our cast and crew. The basis of the production will be extracts from several different plays, alongside physical theatre movement sequences performed to music. Some dialogue will be spoken live, but we will also record lines and passages during the rehearsal period to be played back over the performance on stage. Among many other options that this gives us, we hope that this will help to put the audience in someone else’s shoes.

The message of our project is simple. We want to use theatre to show the many different attitudes towards mental health issues in young people; to show that anyone can be affected. The emotional well-being of young people today is an issue that affects us all, directly or indirectly through the people around us. This project is about spreading awareness to help people suffering in silence, as well as raising money for the charity Young Minds.

Following us on twitter and keeping an eye on this blog will help you to keep up to date with our developments here at Theatre of Minds.

The Plan..

As my sister and I both really enjoy creating theatre, we decided that next summer (when Beth has just finished her first year at university and I have just finished my year 11) we are going to put on a play. It will be based around the issues that young people with mental health problems face and how it affects them and their families. Our initial thoughts are that we will use extracts from multiple plays so that we can focus on more issues and our audience can gain wider understanding of the issue of mental well-being.
Through the play, we hope to raise some money for Young Minds which is a charity that aims to improve the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people.