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Having launched the Moving Minds Filmmaking Project earlier in 2018 to inspire young people to tackle the subject of mental wellbeing, we will be screening the first of the finished films for World Mental Health Day (10 Oct) and later at the Into Film Festival (7 -23 Nov).
The Moving Minds Filmmaking Project, made possible by fundraising achieved at the ICAP Charity Day in 2017, gave 200 young people aged 11-19 the chance to work with a professional filmmaker and create a film inspired by the theme of mental wellbeing. This peer-to-peer project has been devised to reach young people in schools and youth groups across the UK as part of our commitment to supporting a positive and open discussion about youth mental health.
Among the many activities taking place on 10 October as part of World Mental Health Day will be two events where the first of the films from the Moving Minds Project will receive their world premieres.
The GLA's Peer Outreach Team and Thrive London's mental health film festival will screen The Broken Rose, made by young people at Haringey Tuition Service, while Behind the Mask is made with - and will be screened by - Luton CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Both screening events will be in the presence of the respective films' cast and crews.
The Broken Rose and a few other films from the project will also be screened as part of the Into Film Festival in November to compliment the Festival's Mental Wellbeing: Moving Minds strand, with free screenings of relevant feature films including Wonder, My Life As A Courgette, Whitney, McQueen, I Tonya, Bohemian Rhapsody, Love Simon, Searching and Moonlight. Film has been proven to be an effective educational tool to help young people understand what mental wellbeing means to them and those around them. The strand hopes to provide teachers and young people with films that will open up a discussion on the subject and help to create empathy.
The 200 young people participating in the Moving Minds Project are small groups from London, Essex, Bedfordshire and Kent who've either faced their own mental health challenges or who have experience of the mental health challenges faced by young people today.
Participating groups include schools from the Into Film Club network as well as new partners including youth charities and NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
The entire programme of Moving Minds short films will be launched to educators and young people in the new year. In the meantime, if you have a short film related to mental health issues (or anything else!), why not enter it into the 2019 Into Film Awards? There are a variety of categories, and submissions are open now.
Film can be a wonderful tool for developing emotional understanding and mental wellbeing.
With the new academic year, take a look at some of our resources, films and activities that can help broach difficult subjects with young people.
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