May is here, the sunshine is back and I’m excited for everything that we’ve got coming up! This month is going to be a busy one for YPI with lots of great things in the works. I just need to make sure that I keep up with it all.
First up is The Kickback, when we’ll be talking Mental Health during Mental Health Awareness Week. The topic of Mental Health led to one of our best conversations in 2017 and I’m looking forward to another great conversation this year.
The Kickback will be hosted by OASIS, a health service for young people aged 14-35, who are experiencing psychological distress. OASIS’s focus is on Psychosis, which they will be providing a deeper insight into. Be sure to save the date of May 15th and the time of 6.30-8.30pm. Register for the event here: bit.ly/letstalkmentalhealth
On the following day, we are joining up with community-led cinema, Screen25, and youth counselling charity, Off The Record, to put on a special event for Mental Health Awareness Week. We will be screening feature film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a 2010 hit comedy that confronts preconceptions about mental health and explores the reality of depression through the eyes of a 16-year-old.
As well as the feature film, you will also be treated to a screening of Behind The Locked Door, a short documentary produced by Brent Mind, about mental health in the black community. And following on from the films will be a panel discussion on mental health, touching on some of the issues raised in the films.
I am really looking forward to this event, which I think is going to be thought-provoking and a lot of fun. I don’t want any of you to miss it, so get May 16th, 7.45-10pm, in your diary, and don’t forget to buy your tickets: bit.ly/2r0cQC6
Last year, I put on the TCFT Croydon Pilot on a Sunday in August. This year, TCFT Croydon is going to be bigger and better, taking place on three Sundays spread across three months. The first of those Sundays will be May 27th at Turf Projects, getting the ball rolling for TCFT Croydon 2018 with a day of fun conversation and creative activities.
The theme for TCFT Croydon 2018 is Change, encouraging young people to think about how they can spark change through art, culminating in the final sharing of the work they create on July 15th. There are still a small number of spaces remaining for those of you who are 15-25, so if you would like take part in this special creative process, sign up for your free space now: bit.ly/tcftcroydon2018-signup
Our final event in May will be Poetic Insight, continuing the focus on the theme of Mental Health. Last year’s Mental Health themed Poetic Insight was a raw, beautiful, moving experience, which will definitely go down as one of our most memorable events. I’m hoping that this will be another one to remember.
We’ll be at Project B on May 29th from 7-9pm, with performances starting at 7.30pm. If you’re a young poet or spoken word artist wanting to perform, please email email@example.com or send a message to 07910092565, and I’ll add your name to the list. If you’d prefer to simply engage by sitting in the audience, register for your free tickets here: bit.ly/poeticinsight-mentalhealth
I genuinely cannot wait for all of these events and I cannot wait to see your beautiful faces at some of them. I’ll be waiting with a big smile and a hug.
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