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‘Hidden: Adam’s Story’ Interactive Film Launch - World Mental Health Day 10th October 2023

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‘Hidden: Adam’s Story’ Interactive Film Launch - World Mental Health Day 10th October 2023

We are pleased to announce that on World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2023, we will be launching a new and free, online interactive film.


The ‘Hidden: Adam’s Story’ film and resource have been developed to support discussions around mental health for young people, through  exploring young people's mental health issues from the perspective of a young person affected by mental health illness, whilst also looking into the impacts on their siblings, mothers and keyworkers.


The film includes an interactive discussion on the barriers faced by the characters, and how we can help overcome these. The film's aim is to strengthen communication and relationships between young people, their families and those who support them.


Back in September 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC-GM), Made by Mortals and the NIHR Greater Manchester Patient Safety Research Collaboration (GM PSRC) embarked on a project with 10 young individuals (aged 16 to 18) from across Greater Manchester to collaborate on a podcast where they created a character reflecting their own personal experiences.


The podcast then transformed into an immersive live show, Hidden LIVE.


One of the young people who co-produced the podcast and video resource, Sadia Mir, commented:


“When I think back to the start of the project, I remember being very nervous. I did not feel like as young people would actually be listened to and that I would not be talking about my involvement in the project at all. I was very wrong!


The project from the start made me feel included and heard, and 'Adam's Story' is a project I fondly talk about as an achievement and a piece of my own story. I have talked about Adam's Story to friends, family, future employers and cited it as good practice in my everyday work. I'm proud of our achievement - one that truly listened to, and was developed by us young people.”

The free, film and resource are accessible to anyone interested in young people's mental health, including families, young people, mental health/health and social care professionals, teachers, youth group leaders, charities with a Mental Health focus, schools and colleges.


When you sign up to this event, you will receive:


  • The link to watch ‘Hidden: Adam's Story’ in advance of World Mental Health Day - Tuesday 10th October.
  • A PDF guide to the interactive workshop within Hidden: Adam's Story. The film is led by a presenter who guides you through discussion questions informed by Adam's story.
  • A list of signposting information where support can be found for individuals affected by mental health illness.


Professor Karina Lovell, ARC-GM Mental Health Theme Lead commented:


"This amazing film highlights the real barriers that young people face in mental health difficulties. The co-production with young people and our partnership with Made by Mortals has made the film a reflective piece for all.”


Watch the trailer here:



Sign up for access to a new interactive film, Hidden: Adam's Story here.


Published 22/09/2023

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