Hidden: Adam’s Story – An Interactive Film To Help You Help Young People

Introducing a new interactive film, Hidden: Adam’s Story, which supports discussion around mental health for young people, launching on World Mental Health Day 2023.

What is Hidden: Adam’s Story?

Hidden: Adam’s Story is a project funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration, Greater Manchester (ARC-GM) and Patient Safety Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (PSRC GM). Coproduced by young people with lived experience, it challenges audiences to walk in the shoes of a young person struggling with their mental health. This new interactive film captures the magic of the live show version, as performed in venues across Greater Manchester to audiences of young people, parents, educators and health and social care workers. It contains audio extracts made by young people with lived experience of mental health illness, together with filmed facilitation and a multi-role play character actor.

The film allows the opportunity to explore young people’s mental health issues from the perspective of a young person affected by mental health illness, as well as looking into the impact on their sibling, mother and keyworker. The film includes an interactive discussion on the barriers faced by those involved, and how we can help overcome these. The film’s aim is to strengthen communication and relationships between young people, their families and those who support them, improving outcomes in the pursuit of healthier and happier lives.

Hidden: Adam’s Story raises awareness of young people’s mental health, and promotes further reflection on what we might to do help.

Hidden: Adam’s Story

Stop. Read.

Hiddenadjective. Kept out of sight, concealed.

Breathe. Think.

“In a few moments you will enter an avatar and become Adam. Adam’s life will become your responsibility. You will have the controls. You have the headset. Help him survive, strive even.”

Adam has just turned 18. Mum is now even more in the dark. Siobhan, Adam’s key worker, feels like a failure. His sister just wants out.

Watch Hidden: Adam’s Story here:

Click the button below to download the PDF guide to the interactive workshop within Hidden: Adam’s Story.

If you need to talk to someone around the topics explored in Hidden: Adam’s Story, please use the following information to get the relevant support.

NHS Support

  • If you are in crisis and require immediate support, please contact 999 or visit your local Accident and Emergency Department.
  • If you are a young person who is already getting help from local mental health services you can follow your agreed care plan or speak to the person who cares for you at the service.
  • Within office hours, contact your GP.
  • If not an emergency but you require urgent advice, please call NHS 111.

Helpline Support

  • You can ring the Samaritans on 116 123.
  • If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, ring HOPELINE247 on 0800 068 4141 or text HOPELINE247 on 07860039967. Line are open 24 hours every day of the year (weekends and Bank Holidays included). www.papyrus-uk.org
  • If you are 16+ and affected by mental illness, you can ring SANEline on 0300 304 7000 daily, 4pm – 10pm www.sane.org.uk/support
  • Text SHOUT crisis text line (free on all major mobile networks for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere) – text SHOUT to 85258. www.giveusashout.org

If you would like to learn more about our Hidden work, please click here.

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