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This short film is for young people, families and educators who want to improve their understanding of self-harm.

Red Ties began as a piece of original drama devised by a group of young actors from SPACE in Bootle, supported by SEAS, through our Mind Space project.  The young people toured the play and accompanying workshop, inspiring discussion and raising awareness with 160 pupils in the autumn term of 2014. After receiving excellent feedback, we were able to secure funding from Southport & Formby and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups to develop Red Ties into the short film above.

We’ve also created accompanying resources in the form of a session plan, discussion prompts and in-depth character biographies, which can be used as part of a lesson in schools and other venues. Download them below

Red Ties Discussion Sheet

Red Ties session plan

Red Ties Character Bios

10 Ideas for a Distraction Box

Mental Health Jargon Buster for young people

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