Freshrb and Co-op Academies North announce new short film 'Why ME?' raising awareness of M.E this M.E. Awareness month.
Freshrb and Co-op Academies North are proud to announce their forthcoming short film, raising awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), with a new teaser trailer.
Working with Year 10 students from Co-op Academy North over a period of five months, the Silent Elephant Project (SEP) addressed a serious health issue whilst teaching students media production skills and entrepreneurial skills to address social issues in a productive and positive way. The project, funded by the Neighbourhood Investment Fund Manchester benefits the wider community as well as the school and students by tackling real social issues and empowering the community to work better together through education and social cohesion.
Oladamola Babalola (Babz), co-founder of Freshrb explains, 'Many children and adults with M.E. feel excluded and left behind, because of the lack of understanding about the condition, from peers, teachers, authorities. This affects them in society and the impact on their mental wellbeing can stay with them and further affect their quality of how they experience life. Students wanted to address this and the impact has been huge. The students have not only grown in confidence by the process of learning media skills and how to collaborate, but also gained empathy to understand their peers and people in their community more. These are conditions that are likely to lead to loneliness and affect the mental health of its sufferers.'
The Silent Elephant Project is an accredited short film workshop for students, teaching media skills as well as social responsibility and raising awareness of marginalised health issues that affect communities. These are health issues that rarely get a platform or get discussed in public.
'By creating fictional storylines to raise awareness of real health conditions, we build empathy with the participants and the general public creating an environment for further conversations, dialogue and research. We showcased the student's achievements with a special screening of the short film with students, teachers and councillors during Mental Health Awareness week at the school. The M.E. Association have planned to use the film as a tool to raise further awareness of the condition and the students have also received an Expressive Arts ASDAN award.
The students have not only grown in confidence by the process of learning media skills and how to collaborate, but also gained empathy to understand their peers and people in their community more. These are conditions that are likely to lead to loneliness and affect the mental health of its sufferers.'
Babz continues 'May is M.E. awareness month, and we are looking forward to releasing the full short film next Friday 31st May on YouTube, so watch this space! We would like people to watch this short film, share it amongst their community. We would also encourage people to research such conditions and get a better understanding of its signs. Symptoms for many illnesses that affect society can be invisible but by driving awareness of such conditions, you can be more understanding and accepting of each other.'
The full short film 'Why ME?' releases next week on YouTube. Watch the teaser trailer below. To find out more about The Silent Elephant Project and how Freshrb can benefit your school or community, visit https://www.freshrb.com/