The SELFie where’s the HARM? film and teaching resource is aimed at supporting schools, community groups and relevant professionals to raise awareness of the signs of early mental health issues amongst young people.
SELFie where’s the HARM? was commissioned by Malvern Hills District Council after the district was highlighted as a hot spot for mental health issues amongst young people.
One of the Council’s priorities is to build stronger and healthier communities and to support this have committed to raising awareness of issues relating to self harm amongst at least 500 young people before 2021, as part of a five year strategy.
The film has been adapted from a theatre project based on research around mental health issues conducted with Year 9 pupils living in the district. It is available as a free teaching resource to all Worcestershire schools, community groups and relevant professionals supported by lesson plans to allow the content to be actively discussed by young people. You can view the film trailer.
The initial theatre performance was seen by more than 1,300 young people aged between 11 and 15-years-old in the district’s schools, almost tripling the initial targets within the first year of the five year strategy. Feedback revealed 82% of those who watched it better understood how to detect early signs of mental health issues and where to seek advice and guidance.
The film is a powerful drama, dealing with a sensitive but important subject. As well as encouraging young people to consider the issues involved, it also ensures they know where they can go for help and support.
The project has already been acclaimed by teachers and health professionals and was shortlisted for Campaign of the Year at the National Local Government Chronicle Awards 2017.