Improving Mental Health - Leon's Story
The K+C Foundation's fund to Improving Mental Health supports 8 impactful projects and reaches over 2,000 people. A weekly script-writing workshop run by a specialist theatre company is one of these projects. Offered to 150 residents affected by mental ill-health and addiction the workshops encourage empathy through character building and expanding imagination through simple writing techniques. Strong pastoral support promotes and facilitates self-care amongst its participants, helping to reduce relapse.
Leon’s Story: Leon started attending the writing groups delivered with the Royal Court Theatre and spent the first part of this year working with the their literary department to develop a one man script that he performed on stage at the Royal Court and at Fringe theatres across London. Leon has now also been trained as a Peer Mentor Volunteer and helps to deliver the workshops in treatment facilities across London.
Reflecting on the impact that the project has had on him, Leon says, “being involved with this programme keeps me aligned with my dreams, goals and aspirations for writing and performing. I feel more positive as a result.”