These remain uncertain times, especially for our young people. Creating a digital resource for secondary schools in the UK addressing mental health awareness became a priority for us in 2020.
After much deliberating scriptwriting, discussion and dialogue we are pleased to introduce to you - Wonderland.
Inspired by the magical world of Alice in Wonderland, these short films respond to the urgent mental health crisis affecting young people. The accompanying workshop material facilitates much-needed conversations.
Wonderland is available as three separate digital resources for schools, packaged with workshop plans to encourage engagement with mental health issues in PSHE lessons. The workshop sessions could either be delivered by a teacher or by a Saltmine facilitator. For more information and prices, see below.
Theme: Self Image
As Alice is drawn into Wonderland she can decide who she wants to be. Will she make a big entrance or try and make herself fit in? Whose advice can she trust? Can she be brave enough just to be herself? This film explores the way we see ourselves, including self-esteem and body image. Unpacking healthy ways to look after ourselves, the workshop invites young people to consider their goals, building a foundation of confidence for the future.
Theme: Social Media / FOMO
(fear of missing out)
On her second visit to Wonderland, the Cheshire Cat invites Alice to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party - a world of hedonism where everyone has fun - all the time, no exceptions. At first Alice is excited to join in but soon realises that, like the Cheshire Cat herself, there is no substance beneath the projected party animal exterior of the Mad Hatter and his friends. The accompanying workshop invites young people to question how they use social media and how to balance it with pursuing real, authentic, offline relationships.
Theme: The New Normal
It's time for Alice to confront her biggest fear and the ruthless dictator of Wonderland - the Queen of Hearts herself. She finds herself the subject of a trial, with unfounded accusations flying around and polarised opinion taken as fact. How can she make sense of the madness and re-enter reality? The accompanying workshop encourages students to be critical about from where they gather information, encouraging students to express themselves with honesty and vulnerability as they navigate the post lockdown world.
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.