I am very happy to be able to share with you all the project I have been creating.
First let me explain that the project is going to be a pilot project. What does this mean? The initial run of the project will be to determine a few things;
Does it work? How can it be improved? How can it be adapted?
Now that clarification is out of the way, what IS the project?
The pilot project aims to achieve three key things;
Provide a peer support network for a group of self-harmers.Give the contributors a therapeutic means to overcoming their self-harming.Create a piece, or pieces, of work that help raise awareness of self-harm.
To achieve these three goals a group of contributors will work on a creative writing project with the goal to, by the end of the project, have produced a short story that will help raise awareness of a self-harm related issue.
The specifics of the story will be decided by the contributors to the project with minimal input from the professionals.
At the end of the project, the short story along with other research and work will be turned into an eBook.
A documentary that will tie into the publication of the eBook will be being created alongside the sessions, as such, if the contributors are willing to take part in interviews and be filmed during the sessions then they will be able to support the documentary too. This is totally optional and if the contributors wish to remain anonymous this will be honoured.
How Will The Project Run:
The project will run over eight sessions and will include a variety of tasks and therapeutic sessions. As the contributors get to know each other they will start to work in a team and support each other to create a piece of work, deciding the specifics (character, plot, themes) of a story. With the creation of the story, we will create a title, which will evolve into an awareness raising campaign using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to create accounts on those platforms to post updates about the sessions and create interest in the final eBook.
During the first session, the last session, and two to three months after the last session (if the participants are willing) surveys will be taken to gauge the contributors self-harm habits and see whether or not the sessions achieve the therapeutic goals.
Who Is Running The Project:
Umbrella is a not-for-profit grass roots organisation working for better community mental and emotional wellbeing through therapy, a healthy dose of art, and creativity using the New Economics Foundations “5 ways to wellbeing model”.
Umbrella can be found at: http://umbrellasworld.weebly.com
Fresh Ink Productions:
Fresh Ink Productions is a creative content producer in the North West of England based in Blackpool. It is run by Daniel Postlethwaite a graduate of the University of Central Lancashire, who was awarded Honours in Film & TV Screenwriting with Creative Writing. Having had experience with various people in his life, as well as he himself, self-harming, Daniel is very passionate about raising awareness for self-harm.
What happens after the sessions?
After the end of the last session the final story will be edited and read through by a small team for quality and then compiled into an eBook which will be launched and sold for a small price. The money that this generates will be split between funding further projects and donating to a self-harm/suicide related charity.
The final part of the documentary will be filmed and edited and then when both products are ready they will be promoted in various ways leading up to the launch. If the stretch goals are met there will be a launch party/fundraiser to celebrate the hard work of the people who have put so much into it.
It is a project we are really passionate about, and one which we are really proud of. We believe that it will help plenty of people in many various ways.
If you have any questions about the project or want to know how you can help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you struggling to cope with mental health problems and want some friendly, independent and extremely qualified advice? Then contact The Samaritans via the following methods:
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