Life can sometimes be hard and the road long, full of twists and turns. Unfortunately, through no fault of their own, children and young people can find themselves feeling lost and overwhelmed.
The Hero’s Journey is a trauma-informed performing arts programme where children and young people are shown the tools they need to find their way back… to be the hero of their journey.
By exploring their unique life experiences and social and cultural identities, they will learn many new skills which will help improve their mental health and resilience as they continue on their quest through life.
Rather than focusing on how to ‘fix’ the ‘problem’, we apply the storytelling structure of the hero’s journey to explore every aspect of the child or young person’s emotional, social, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
More than just a process of addressing an issue, it is a journey that enables the child or young person to accept, understand and value all the little things that make up who they are – even the bad bits - thereby improving their quality of life.
Over the course of 10 weeks they will learn the importance and value in:
Positive relationships: no person is an island. We are relational creatures whose lives are supported and enhanced by the quality of our relationships. Whether they are family members, romantic interests, colleagues or friends, the child or young person should be encouraged to build and cultivate positive and healthy relationships.
Safety and trust in themselves and others: Feeling safe and trusting both in themselves and in those trying to help them, encourages young people to talk more openly about their lives, thoughts and feelings. Helping to create a sense of safety and trust may help them engage with new experiences and opportunities with positive curiosity and confidence rather than fear and shame.
Personal growth and achievement: People can be reluctant to change and none more so than young people experiencing mental health issues. That's not because they don't believe in change. It's more do with the fact that they can't see a way out. Trapped in the present by a condition that colours every aspect of their engagement with the world, they lose sight of their achievements.
Self-belief: It is important that the young person feels that what they say has value. Due to their age, young people can often feel that what they say is dismissed. Feeling listened to and respected as equals will help rebuild their confidence and self-esteem as they journey along the road of recovery.
Resilience: Helping the child or young person to understand, develop and build upon their sense of resilience will equip them with the ability to cope well in those moments when life is that little bit more stressful than usual.
To find out more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org