An hour long anti-
Effects of marijuana on some people
Just how lucky do you feel?
Prevalence of mental health problems in the population
How many of you , your family and friends are likely to suffer?
Symptoms and personal examples and illustrations of what it is like to experience them; understanding and empathy; getting help early, recovery...
Samples of the questions and answers on the feedback forms -
How did it make you feel?
Made me understand how “normal” mental health problems are especially how common they are. Although I have thought about it many times before, this time it didn’t feel like a big deal; emotional; more thoughtful; not grate; sympathy; worried; felt like I could relate to some of his feelings; very sad; enlightened; not to drugs and think differently; more aware of the effects of drugs; cautious about smoking; very interested; depressed; made me worry about my mates that take canabis; have a different mind about doing drugs; felt sorry for Ross past exp; more aware of what mental health is and what the symptoms are; sad of what Ross went through; feel sorry for drug users…
What effect did it have on your feelings about mental health issues?
I felt that smoking weed doesn’t make you do crazy stuff; sad for mentally ill people; got rid of stereotypical thoughts; gave me more insight; made me think about points in my life where I may have had the symptoms and some of my family and how I could help them; made me think about the people that are around me; made me think it can happen to people I know; more aware of what the person goes through and the help; strong effect; not to smoke weed; it is scary and I don’t want to go through that; its best to act quickly; feel sad for mental illnesses people; if you are mental get help;made me more serious about them; I have different views as he thought he was normal; answered a lot of question; more positive; talk to someone if you have any problem and listen to them; more empathetic towards it. More inclined to seek help earlier; it can happen to anyone…..
Were there elements you felt were particularly useful/interesting -
The experiences Ross went through because its a more realistic view; The songs that Ross sang had a good impact as they were from the heart and meant something to him and how it felt when he was ill; the guitar part was very interesting because it explained all about how he was feeling; when Ross shared his story; the songs and clips and activities made it interesting as it was more interactive; videos let us see what happened; the feedback about counselling which I could recommend to others; songs were good; side effects and not to smoke weed; the bit with the 3 voices and explaining the bedroom; Ross’s music put everything in perspective; the songs were filled with feelings that made it easier to understand what people go through; the guitar bit, it was cool!; Bringing someone that dealt with psychosis in the past; how many people have mental health issues; the video where he was painting his room; whispering activity; seeking help early is key…
How effective do you feel this approach is as education on mental health issues?
Much more interesting way of learning from a person who has experienced; good because it makes us aware; so much more information than what we would get from other people; very effective, gives you more knowledge; Ross is a cool guy; bring out an album; well presented, like the music; keep songs and guitar bit and its a big win; very effective it gave a lot of information; I liked this way of teaching because a person with mental illness was represented and real scenes of him were shown to us in videos; well organised and entertaining; very impacting yet somewhat scary; a good idea to let young people know about mental illnesses; good because its not boring; spread the word!; This approach was good and shuld be done more often…
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