The next live stream as part of Art Connects: At Home with Smashing Times takes place this Friday night. Acting for the Future will go live at 22 May 2020, 7:30pm, and will feature a film clip from The Big No and a ‘self-care’ talk to promote positive mental health and well-being. The talk and exercise demonstrations will be delivered by Eimear Burke, counselling psychotherapist, Larissa Manley, Arts Facilitator and Development Officer with the Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble, and a representative from the Samaritans.
Eimear will talk about positive mental health and well-being and tips for handling stress and anxiety in difficult times and both Eimear and Larissa will talk about the Acting for the Future programme run with diverse communities. Simple exercises will be demonstrated, including a guided meditation by Larissa Manley, and a finger-holding exercise with Eimear Burke.
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The Big No was written by writer Féilim James, directed by Mark Quinn, and produced by Smashing Times and High Wire. In this film a young person tells the story of their psychological unravelling and subsequent mental health crisis. Told in the form of a voiceover monologue accompanied by compelling imagery, this poetic short film takes us on a journey of despair, introspection, and hope. As the young person battles against panic attacks and suicidal thoughts, they are forced to face the ‘why’ of the problems head on, learning some essential truths about themselves and the world.
Our screening is followed by a post-show discussion with special guest speakers to discuss ‘self-care’ and promote positive mental health and well-being. Our moderator is Freda Manweiler and our panel members are Eimear Burke, counselling psychotherapist and Larissa Manley, arts facilitator and Development Officer with the Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble. We are delighted to have a representative from our partner organisation the Samaritans, Paul Barr, join us as well. Our talk will focus on positive mental health and well-being and tips for handling stress and anxiety in difficult times.
If the content or the issues raised in our live stream affects you or those watching with you in any way, please know that help and support is only a phone call away. A list of services is available on our website, but please note the FreePhone Samaritans number 116 123.