Theme: Mental Health
Inspired by the magical world of “Alice in Wonderland”. This digital production responds to the urgent mental health crisis affecting young people.
Available as three separate short films packaged with workshop plans to facilitate conversation, this resource opens dialogue with mental health issues in PSHE lessons.
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Everything is topsy turvy. With her mum always busy, her brother wrestling with anxiety, 14-year-old Alice seems to be the only one keeping her head together.
Or is she?
Bored and lonely, Alice escapes to a world so surreal that her own home seems sane by comparison. Under the shadow of the ominous Queen of Hearts, the quirky characters of Wonderland have sunk into madness and magic to cope with the chaos around them. Endless parties, unpredictable cake and existential caterpillars – in Wonderland nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted.
Can Alice learn to depend upon herself to untangle the knots and navigate this strange new existence?
Inspired by the magical world of “Alice in Wonderland”, WONDERLAND responds to the urgent mental health crisis affecting young people. In a recent survey by Young Minds, 83% of young people state that the coronavirus crisis has made their mental health “worse” or “much worse”. Touching lightly upon issues such as anxiety, eating disorders and depression, the story and accompanying workshop sensitively creates a safe space for teenagers to engage with their own responses. Facilitating open and honest conversation, we hope to take the first steps towards reconnection after isolation.
As Saltmine seeks to act within the Government’s guidelines on social distancing, the production of WONDERLAND will be available as three separate filmed resources for schools to purchase and share with pupil groups as they choose. A workshop plan is also available to accompany each film, to facilitate conversation and engagement with mental health concerns, which can be utilized within PSHE lessons. The workshop sessions could either be delivered by a teacher or by a Saltmine workshop facilitator (booked at an extra cost of £150).
“I learnt that the distant feeling I felt over lockdown was actually loneliness. I now have new activities to try with friends”- Year 9 student, St Michael’s CE High School
“Pupils enjoyed the ‘Wonderland’ videos, loved the games and liked the presenters’ style.”- Assistant Head, St Michael’s CE High School
Resource plus Saltmine facilitators - £850 + travel costs + VAT
Saltmine facilitators to lead the resource (without ongoing use to the resource) - £500 + travel costs + VAT
Available dates for facilitators – please contact the Saltmine office to discuss availability.
(approx 10-minutes each)
with accompanied workshop resources