Drama-based Case Study

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we were asked by a large consultancy firm to provide drama-based training on mental health. We prepared a 1.5 hour session, which took place over a lunch period that used a mixture of facilitator led learning, group activities and scripted scenes with 2 professional actors.

The session engaged delegates in a journey through mental health. This covered the definitions and symptoms of 9 mental illnesses; we focused on the signs and symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety in an office environment and how colleagues, line managers and HR professionals can improve support before absence from work occurs.

The addition of professional actors to training brings a difficult subject matter to life, and helps delegates to see that mental illness is not just about other people, it's about us. The session was practical, support focused and gave delegates tools to use to support their own mental wellbeing as well as those around them.