Hidden - Made by Mortals

Announcing a new mental health workshop with young people

We’re delighted to announce that we are working in partnership with the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC), The University of Manchester, as part of our Hidden series. This brand new episode will focus on mental health, as we work with a diverse group of young people with lived experience. 


Our programme ‘Hidden’ is about challenging people to walk in another person’s shoes. The programme includes a series of immersive audio experiences where the listener explores another individual’s life, using the listener’s own home as a theatrical backdrop.

“We’re extremely happy to be partnering with ARC on such an important piece of work. We want this work to act as a catalyst for improvement within health and social care, as it helps provide deeper insight in a meaningful and accessible manner.”

Paul Hine, director Made By Mortals.

Like our previous projects, we will collaborate with the young participants to help them create a central character using their lived experience and imagination. They will play a crucial role in developing the script and inspiring the soundtrack alongside a scriptwriter, a drama facilitator, a composer, musician and a sound engineer.

The character they create will act as the eyes and the ears of the story, where listeners of the episode are offered the opportunity to put themselves in their shoes.

Once the episode is written, recorded, and edited, it will be played to a mixed audience, including: parents and guardians of young people with experience of mental health illnesses; people who work with young people in education and community settings; and practitioners who work in health and social care. After this, a writer will then capture their emotional response to the piece, followed by their professional ideas. The writer will then curate these insights them into a monologue, which will be performed alongside the immersive audio piece during Mental Health Awareness Week, with the support of ARC. 

Pop over to our website to learn more about the podcast series Hidden www.madebymortals.org/hidden


If you are a young person aged 17 – 24 and have suffered from mental health illness, we’d love to hear from you! 

From 2nd February – 3rd March 2022, we are running 8 online workshops on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. (No need to leave your house!)

For letting us hear what you have to say and for your participation, you will receive £45 per session (£20 per hour plus £5 towards internet costs). 

For more information and to book your place, please drop an email to the lovely people at the ARC team: arc-gm@nihr.ac.uk 

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