Posted By MatthewWoodford
Posted on: September 12, 2015

Posted in: Current Projects

Tags: anxiety, app, intrepid ensemble, mental health, schools, silent secret, stress, technology, wellbeing, workshops, young people

Past Project: Silent Secret

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Silent Secret
Throughout 2015 and 2016, Intrepid Ensemble and app developers Silent Secret are collaborating on a project to improve mental health in young people. The program is a series of workshops which combine drama and technology, with the aim of helping young people to be more resilient to stress and anxiety. It focuses on positive prevention by building coping skills in children and young people.

Silent Secret is a smartphone app which encourages teenagers to anonymously share their secrets and problems. The workshops explores the ideas behind the app through the use of movement, play and drama.

As part of the Government’s efforts for early intervention with mental health, the project has been awarded substantial funding to carry out the workshops.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “I’m delighted to give this injection of support to the voluntary sector, which offers life-changing services to children and their families. This was a highly competitive process and every bid given money today has shown that they will put the funds to great use.”

Artistic director of Intrepid Ensemble Matthew Woodford said, “Technology and drama are both accessible ways of getting young people thinking about mental health, so we developed an innovative method of combining them. Young people will experiment with different ways of being and alternative behaviours – enabling them to deeply reflect on the issues, and develop their thinking around mental health.”

Should your school would like to sign up for a workshop, then please contact mail [at]



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