Mind Blank is a multi-award winning mental health promotion charity that educates young people about help-seeking methods for mental health issues and suicide-prevention through interactive theatre. Mental health issues are presented in a fun, safe and informative way via workshops and performances. Our programs showcase a stories of lived experience mental ill-health. The performances typically take up to one hour, with 45 minutes of forum discussion for audiences of up to 180 people.
The one-of-a-kind performances are designed to be fully interactive, and students are encouraged to participate in the discussion throughout. The audience is invited to control the performance’s narrative in a ‘choose your own adventure’-style show, which simultaneously teaches them how to support the narratives of their own lives.
Mind Blank for Schools Program - The Story of Dan
Dan starts the show as a highly functioning, socially well-adjusted teen, and is an only child in a single parent family. His mother then starts a new relationship and has twins to this relationship. Dan’s world starts to fall apart following a move to another town due to family financial pressures and the necessity for Dan’s step father to find new employment. In this forum the audience is questioned as to how we can help Dan through various difficult periods of his life.