Students’ have been given real insight into mental health issues thanks to the Pink 2:2 Media Group’s debut of “Being Frank” to Forth Valley College Health and Care students at Falkirk Town Hall. Funding from See Me has allowed the group to develop, write and produce this 30 minute play which addresses the daily experiences of living with mental ill health and is based entirely on the group members’ experiences.
Following the play, the group hosted a Q&A session for the students, giving them the opportunity to ask group members anything at all about mental ill health. Questions covered topics such as the mental health system, support for carers and families and supporting young adults. The group were able to offer a wide variety of viewpoints and different conditions; and this breadth of knowledge and experience was represented with clarity, empathy and proficiency by the group.
Approximately 45 students attended and feedback has been excellent. It was apparent that students really learned from the experience, with one student commenting that it was a “very emotional and honest performance. We often count ourselves as informed about these issues, but we learned a lot.” Others also feel its a learning tool that should be shared widely: “Absolutely fabulous — your play needs to be rolled out everywhere. Good luck with your journey”. Head of Department, Sarah Higgins-Rollo, confirmed these views saying: “I think a lot of our students were genuinely overwhelmed by the play and the opportunity to speak with the cast afterwards was really valuable. The group have done an incredible job and will be an inspiration to many. I look forward to us working together in the future to ensure that this type of learning experience is seen by as many people as possible.”
FDAMH would like to say huge congratulations to the group for their excellent work and we wish them continued success in the remaining scheduled performances:
Tuesday 19th May: Macrobert Theatre, Stirling University
Tuesday 30th June: Adobe centre, Edinburgh
Sorry, these are not public performances, however other dates are to be confirmed. If you’re interested in having the group perform for your organisation please get in touch with Julie Law at FDAMH.