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If this speaks to you, speak to us: making the films

For Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 we used spoken word to show the different ways people talk about their experiences.

Spoken word artists paired up with people with experience of mental health problems to make a piece of spoken word that brought their story to life. The idea was to challenge the way we think and talk about mental health problems. And encourage more people to get support – whatever their experience.

The first collaboration was with Mind media volunteer Rohan, who lives with bipolar, and Croydon songwriter Jords. The second collaboration features Mind media volunteer Mel, who lives with different mental health problems including bulimia and anxiety. Mel was paired with James Smith, from hit Leeds rock band, Yard Act.

Through spoken word, Rohan, Jords, Mel and James hope to encourage people to reach out to Mind on their mental health journey.

Working with filmmaker, Dorothy Allen-Pickard, the spoken word pieces were shot on 16mm film on location in London.

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Mel's story

Wrexham-based Mind media volunteer Mel worked with James, lead singer from Leeds rock band, Yard Act. James worked with Mel to bring to life Mel’s experience with eating disorders and other mental health problems. Here she shares her experience of the project.

Read Mel's story

Rohan's story

Rohan's story

Mind media volunteer and Mind trustee Rohan worked with Croydon songwriter Jords on sharing his experience with bipolar.

Rohan share his experience of working with Jords and how he feels being part of this campaign.

Read Rohan's story

James and Jords: the creative process

James and Jords share why they got involved in this project and how the creative process was for them.

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Reading other people’s stories can change the way we feel and make us feel less alone. Would you like to share your story like Mel and Rohan? Find out more about blogging and vlogging for us.

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