1 in 10 is a residency project for secondary schools in which we spend a week working across all year groups to create performances that respond to mental health problems they could be experiencing.
The project gives young people the opportunity to express themselves through drama, learn the facts and understand where to go for help if needed. Each year group creates a piece of theatre that is usually around ten minutes long that is then performed at a celebration event to family, friends and staff at the end of the week. The celebration event raises money for a local mental health charity and can take place on either a Friday or Saturday evening.
The number of students who thought mental health problems could never be cured fell by 100% by the end of the project
The number of students who thought people mental health problems couldn't sustain a job fell by 100% by the end of the project.
The number of students who thought mental health problems were rare fell by 15% by the end of the project.
The number of students who thought that people with mental health problems are different fell by 6.7% by the end of the project.
The number of students knowing where to go for support or advice rose by 11.6% by the end of the project.
I took part in this project because my mum suffers from depression and I want to understand why. – Ellen, Year 9
A few of my friends self-harm and I want to be able to understand why they do it and how I can help them. – Izzy, Year 10
I have learnt a lot about different mental health problems and that it doesn’t matter if you have one. - Tom, Year 7
The drama performances were outstanding. I'm amazed to think that pupils had chosen certain mental health issues to work on and considered not only how they impact on the individual (in some cases themselves) but others around them. The response from the audience was fantastic and there was no doubt how very proud they were of their sons, daughters, grandchildren, siblings, etc. I too am very proud, they are a credit to the school. - Sara Denham, Governor, King Richard School