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Belfast teens create film to highlight dangers of online bullying

Tuesday 15th October 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments

A group of Belfast teenagers have been working on a short film looking at social media and the impact it can have on health and wellbeing. Image: A group of Belfast teenagers have been working on a short film looking at social media and the impact it can have on health and wellbeing.

A group of Belfast teenagers have been working on a short film looking at social media and the impact it can have on health and wellbeing. It examines mental health issues, particularly from the male perspective and looks at online bullying, self-image and suicide.  The film was shown for the first time at a special screening for World Mental Health Day on the 10th October.

The project has been developed by West Belfast based Suicide Awareness and Support Group and Arts organisation Kids in Control (KIC), and the makers hope it will help raise awareness, reduce stigma and build resilience among young people.  The group of participants, who were invited to take part through schools, youth clubs and community centres, decided on the film’s themes, created the script, and perform in the film.

The project received funding as part of ARTiculate, a three-year £600,000 programme funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funds and the Public Health Agency (PHA), which uses artists and the arts to give a voice to issues affecting young people. Kids in Control delivers physical theatre outreach programmes in the community, exploring and devising material around issues that are relevant and important to participants.

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