We are definitely getting a reputation for Speaking Up & Speaking Out as we have now been invited to work on a national self-harm project with the Samaritans, which involves us going to Parliament in London in March to discuss experiences of self-harm, along with help that may have been received at the time. This steering group is open to any of our young people aged between 18 and 24 years, so please spread the word as we want this opportunity to be available to as many young people as possible. If you are interested or know someone who might be let us know @ [email protected] There is also the opportunity to be part of a research group for the Samaritans and a gathering is planned for Saturday 28 March in central London. If you’d be interested in taking part, email me and we can arrange travel as a group.
#SUSO also sees us re-filming our ‘Out of the Dark, Into the Light’ mental health film in Kent as part of our pilot in the county. This is the film that we use in each of our school assemblies and college workshops. The current film is excellent and receives fantastic responses but we want to update it in terms of production value and produce a version using Kent students’ stories if possible. The plan then may well be to merge the two films so that we can still get the impact of the students who told their stories over 2 years ago now (wow time does fly!) but show how we have advanced in the film making process. This decision will ultimately be yours. The date for filming in Kent is Sunday 8 March. Travel from Suffolk/Norfolk will be provided (Kent students will meet us at the venue which is still TBC). Lunch will also be provided. Again, please email me with your interest.