Students create films to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week

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Second year TV production students from @SolentUni, Southampton have been working with NHS staff and patients from @Southern_NHSFT to deliver a set of videos focussing on raising awareness of mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May).

Last October Kate O’Driscoll, Senior Lecturer, TV Production at Solent University approached Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to see if they would be interested in working with TV Production students for their module Live Briefs and Professional Practice 2. The brief that the team came back with was for the students to create a number of films that would raise awareness of mental health issue and highlight some of the available services.

Seven highly creative videos have been produced featuring subjects such as peer support workers, safe havens available for people in a self-defined mental health crisis, working in mental health, education tool for schools for supporting boys with mental health as well as a user’s guide to physical health checks for those patients with severe mental illness. 

The results are not only an excellent example of real-world learning for the students, but highly creative films that will form part of Southern Health’s Mental Awareness Week campaign running 9-15 May 2022. 

The experience has also given the students an insight in mental health and the services available for people in Southampton and across Hampshire.

The videos are available to view at HERE

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