Theatre Practitioner Kim Hackleman explains how our young participants have been marking Mental Health Awareness Week

With this week marking Mental Health Awareness Week, Theatre Practitioner Kim Hackleman explains how our Click Spring team have been working with young participants during the lockdown.

As well as promoting wellbeing by keeping young people connected and creative, their project Telling Stories on (the Small) Screen has this week invited them to explore and reflect on the theme of mental health.


“Can isolation break someone?” questions a participant during one of the Telling Stories on (the Small) Screen sessions this week.

Launched on 12 May, the Telling Stories on (the Small) Screen project has bought participants from the Belgrade Theatre’s various youth theatre groups together to explore how Zoom might be used as a medium for developing new creative work.

The idea for the project was devised by our Creative Producer, Hannah Barker, who is co-creating and co-leading the sessions together with myself and our Embedded Community Producer Krysztina Winkel.

This new project builds on material that our various youth groups have been devising since the beginning of the school year, before we went into isolation. Themes emerging from that work have provided a starting point for our discussions via Zoom.

One theme which cropped up for many of the groups was that of mental health. This week, which is recognised nationwide as Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020), the groups decided to investigate how they might use movement to explore key messages about mental health, introduced to us by partners across Coventry and Warwickshire. They also looked at how our current situation might shift the focus of some of the work that they were doing before the lockdown started.