Post Show Discussion at The Bike Shed Thursday 4th July 2015

After the confetti cannon has exploded, the tin foil has been used up and the lights have gone down, Devon’s leading mental health charities and services will make their way to the stage at The Bike Shed Theatre to join myself (Viki Browne) and Charlie Parker of The Bike Shed Theatre for a post-show discussion about asking for help.

I am over the moon to be able to announce that:

James Wooldridge from Time to Change, Recovery Devon and Positive Notions

Jonathan Wilkins, Devon Depression and Anxiety Service

Laurence Pike, Rethink Mental Illness

and Nina Leonard, MIND and The Women’s Network will be appearing as part of the discussion.

Jonathan Wilkins is a trained mental health nurse and currently work as a Psychological Therapist delivering CBT and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy) for people with Depression and Anxiety difficulties. We spoke over email about why he was interested in being involved in the post-show discussion.

‘I’ve previously found theatre to be a very powerful way of learning and provoking not just thinking about issues, but emotions too (our NHS trust have used this method in their training courses). I’m also a big fan of the Bike Shed – I’ve seen a number of performances there since moving to Exeter in November and was dancing there until the early hours this Saturday!’

The performance is at 7.30pm from 30th June until 4th July and the post show discussion and Q&A will take place on Thursday 2nd July. If you have experience of mental illness, be it lived experience, secondary experience, or working in the field then WE NEED YOU to come along and get involved in the discussion.

I will also be running ‘The Mad Lunch Club’ on 1st, 2nd and 3rd July 1pm- 2pm to continue the discussion. It will be a place and time to share experiences of mental illness, listen to those of others and have a picnic!

HELP! at The Bike Shed Theatre, 162/3 Fore Street, Exeter EX4 23AT, Tickets £10, £8 concs.

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