PoeMH: Poetry and Mental Health Schools Project
The Spring worked with Warblington Partnership Board on a project about the mental health of young people. The project brought together students (ranging from infant through to secondary school ages) from seven local schools to work with Joseph Coelho, a fantastic published children’s author and poet. Students explored emotions that young people today feel regularly and wrote poems expressing this. These poems were the building block used to create two short films produced by professional film-production company Millstream Productions.
The films include the poetry that the young people wrote, alongside animations that bring the words to life. The message of these powerful films encourages any young person who is dealing with negative emotions to speak to an adult they trust. These films will be used as a tool to discuss the topic of Mental Health in schools and the local community.
This project has been funded by Councillor Jackie Branson, Arts Council England, Hampshire County Council, Havant Borough Council and D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust