Local mental health
organisations team up for moving educational video
2 of Wirral's largest mental health
support organisations, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
(CWP) and The Open Door Centre, have launched:- "The Big Life Film"
project; a short video raising awareness and challenging stigma around the
emotional difficulties faced by many young people.
The video; created collaboratively with a group of young people in Wirral
currently receiving support from mental health services; offers an
experience based insight into the common issues affecting the emotional
wellbeing of young people in the local community and beyond. It also
provides information about the different options available to those who are
struggling to cope with mental health challenges.
Alastair Pipkin, assistant psychologist in
CWP's Wirral Early Intervention Team, said:- "The film represents a
normalising view of the human condition incorporating a psychological
approach with the 1st hand experiences of young people. It is part of our
ongoing efforts to destigmatise mental health by challenging the
longstanding sense that experiencing difficulties is unusual or something to
be ashamed of and we are very proud to have been led by the young people who
participated in the project."
The film is part of an ongoing awareness programme currently being delivered
by CWP's Early Intervention Team in local schools across the Wirral. The
programme is designed to educate school aged young people incorporating a
Valerie Oldham, assistant head teacher at Woodchurch High School; 1 of the
Wirral schools that CWP delivers its mental health awareness programme
said:- "I really liked the film and thought it was very powerful. It
gives pupils the opportunity to listen to some 1st hand experiences around a
number of issues. I thought it gives lots of advice, emphasised the
importance of talking to people and reinforced that there is support
The Big Life Film is available to see on
CWP's Early Intervention