I need your help! I’m performing a piece of theatre based around mental health and I want YOU to help me! My piece is called ‘Labels’ and it’s about breaking down the shame and stigma surrounding mental illness.
My piece involves me (and hopefully some other people if I can rope them in) walking through my local town centre on a busy day, stopping, putting down my bag and taking off my coat to reveal the fact that my clothes have words like ‘mentally ill’ ‘depressed’ ‘psychotic’ ‘cutter’ etc written on them. I’ll be slowly taking off my clothes to reveal words like ‘happy’ ‘loving’ ‘daughter’ ‘funny’ ‘good job’ successful’ etc written on my skin. I’ll then put my clothes back on, walk to a different part of the town and repeat and repeat- also I’ll hopefully have other people doing the same thing in all different areas of my home town.
The point of the piece is to raise awareness and challenge stigma. I’m (once I get my arse in gear and sort it out) going to be doing workshops with mentally ill adolescents in my local area to raise ideas and develop the piece further, but I thought it would be great to get some thoughts from you guys!
What I want from you is for you to tell me: what do you think people think about people who are mentally ill? Weak? Weird? Dangerous? Whatever it is just drop me a comment below- also, feel free to add anything you might be thinking or whatever comes to mind. This is a piece to help challenge stigma and I want your ideas.
Obviously anything you use could be used in the piece, so by leaving a comment you’re kind of consenting although I will contact you if I really want to directly use something you say- so don’t worry about your words ending up somewhere else, I will talk to you before doing anything!
Thanks in advance,