The next live stream as part of Art Connects: At Home with Smashing Times takes place this Friday night. Acting for the Future will go live at 10 April 2020, 7:30pm, and will feature a live stream of film clips from The Big No and Testimonies and a ‘self-care’ talk to promote positive mental health and well-being. The talk and exercise demonstrations will be delivered by Eimear Burke, counselling psychotherapist, and Larissa Manley, arts facilitator and Development Officer with the Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble.

Eimear will talk about positive mental health and well-being and tips for handling stress and anxiety in difficult times and both Eimear and Larissa will talk about the Acting for the Future programme run with diverse communities and demonstrate simple exercises including a guided meditation.

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The Big No was written by writer Féilim James, directed by Mark Quinn, High Wire Productions, and produced by Smashing Times. In this film a young person tells the story of their psychological unravelling and subsequent mental health crisis. Told in the form of a voiceover monologue accompanied by compelling imagery, this poetic short film takes us on a journey of despair, introspection, and hope. As the young person battles against panic attacks and suicidal thoughts, they are forced to face the ‘why’ of the problems head on, learning some essential truths about themselves and the world.

Our screening is followed by a post-show discussion with special guest speakers to discuss ‘self-care’ and promote positive mental health and well-being. Our moderator is Freda Manweiler and our panel members are Eimear Burke, counselling psychotherapist and Larissa Manley, arts facilitator and Development Officer with the Smashing Times Youth Arts Ensemble. We are delighted to have a representative from our partner organisation the Samaritans join us tonight as well. Our talk will focus on positive mental health and well-being and tips for handling stress and anxiety in difficult times.

If the content or the issues raised in our live stream affects you or those watching with you in any way, please know that help and support is only a phone call away. A list of services is available on our website, but please note the FreePhone Samaritans number 116 123.