Our film project
Working with young people
With simple equipment and a short amount of training, young people and adult members of the Boys in Mind strategy filmed their friends and members of their family talking about a range of issues related to mental health and gender-stereotyping. A set of questions designed by young people were useful to start the discussions.
The power of film
Part of the concept of the film project was to enable young people to be heard and also to enable those who were filming to listen. Often we can’t or don’t need to provide advice or solutions but just listen and the camera is a great way of observing and recording without interfering. The material was then edited in consultation with those involved and short films were made.
Around 25 young people, mainly boys and young men, were involved at different stages of the film project; applying for funding; planning questions for content; being trained by Andrew, our film-maker; filming and being filmed; reviewing and giving feedback on footage; helping plan the film launch and being part of the discussion panel at the launch.
Due to the hard work and enthusiasm of the young people we have far more footage than we had originally thought possible. This is being developed by the project group into more films which will be available on the website in the near future.
We have plans to work with our lead secondary and primary schools to develop films around good practice in terms of a whole school approach to mental health and well being. We are also intending to make a film with parents and carers.
Use of films
The films will be shown in schools and other settings as well as at staff training sessions to trigger discussions, to reduce stigma and to help challenge stereotypes. We have groups of primary and secondary students who are working with us on lesson and assembly ideas to complement the films. The resources will be added as they are created.
Getting boys and young men talking
Our experience shows us that boys and young men, given the right kind of context and a supportive ethos, want to talk about things that they are struggling with. The films also provide a valuable insight into the psyche of young men in the 21st century.
Thanks to our funders
We would like to thank St John’s Foundation, who funded the film project, and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, the national charity with whom we are working in partnership, for their financial support.
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If you would like to support our work please donate to our partner organisation Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and state specifically Boys in Mind / Girls Mind Too so that the funds will be transferred to the Boys in Mind budget.