Putting it into Practice

Title: Facing Shadows: working with young people to coproduce a short film about depression.
Author: Valerie Dunn, Sally O’Keeffe, Emily Stapley and Nick Midgley.
Date Published: 2018
Reference: Research Involvement and Engagement 4:46
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Abstract: A group of young people who had been diagnosed with depression were members of a participation group on a clinical trial comparing treatments for depression in young people - the IMPACT Study (Improving Mood with Psychoanalytic and Cognitive Therapies). They identified a need for information about depression and therapy to help other depressed young people who may not know where to turn. They thought that a short film would be an effective medium. Seven young people worked with researchers and film-makers to make Facing Shadows, a short, animated film. Young people attended a four-day creative workshop, where they explored the issues using role plays, drawing, animation, film-making, sound effects and discussions. They recorded conversations and produced artwork for the film. The adults and young people established strong, trusting relationships, young people learned new skills and researchers gained new insights. Young people were keen that their film should send a hopeful message ‘… to people who are suffering from depression and are really low - that they are not alone’. The film-makers also made a Behind the Scenes film showing how the films were made. In this paper we describe how the film was made and offer learning points for researchers wishing to carry out similar projects.

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Categories: journal article
children and young people
writing up and disseminating

Date Entered: 2019/01/08

Date Edited: 2019/01/08

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