Teen health issues explored in school theatre tour

Teen health issues explored in school theatre tour

THURSDAY, 16 FEBRUARY, 2017

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Teen health issues explored in school theatre tour

Third year pupils in secondary schools across Tayside will explore health issues relevant to their age group through the creativity of theatre with a play written especially for them.

The Early Years and Young People Team at NHS Tayside works with the three local education departments and the Dundee and Angus College Theatre Arts Team each year to produce a play aimed at 14 and 15 year olds. The play is designed to help pupils explore a wide range of health issues facing young people today.

The play and accompanying workshops will be touring secondary schools across Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross throughout in February and March.

This year’s play, entitled ‘It’s not Like in those movies” examines self image, mental wellbeing and relationships, as well as issues related to sexual health and substance misuse.

The key message that the organisers want to get across to the students is that they have the right to seek confidential help and advice whether they are under or over the age of 16.

Kerry Dalgetty, Senior Health Promotion Officer with the Early Years and Young People Team at NHS Tayside, said, “The students will see a devised piece and will then take part in workshops to consider the issues and also the importance of beginning to take responsibility for their own health. They will also have the opportunity to ask local staff questions during a question and answer session.

“It is hoped that the experience will help young people to feel more confident seeking help if they need it, knowing they have the right to be listened to by local services and that they will not be judged. Our main focus is around promoting the local support available to enable young people to use local services rather than finding themselves in a position where their health is compromised.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of a young cast as this always helps to make the issues more real for the audience. We are also grateful for the support of local service providers at the sessions.”

Notes to editors:

    • The tour will be visiting secondary schools across Tayside between Monday, 13 February and Friday, 31 March.

    • Please contact Allison Stewart on 01382 424054 if you wish to take a photograph before a performance.

Contact:

Debbie Huband

NHS Tayside Communications

(01382) 740134