Teaching teens about mental health through theater

Kaiser Permanente teamed up with Seattle Children’s Theatre to create Ghosted, a performance and group discussion for high school students. The production was created to raise awareness and start an open conversation about anxiety and depression. Themes of the play include the stigma around mental health, discussing when and how to get help, and the facts of depression and anxiety. The program supports the Health Education Standards and Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks for Washington State Public Schools in areas of mental, emotional, and social health.

Ghosted tells the story of 4 students as a single day of high school unfolds. As each character experiences anxiety in their own way, they’re sent to the counselor’s office. They discuss their issues of friendship and honesty, which helps them reveal hard truths about their personal experiences and lives. When all their feelings are out in the open, the characters come up with solutions, including personal strength and mutual support. Following the play, the cast engages the audience in an open conversation. The objective of the conversation is to further examine the themes of the play and offer students resources and additional information about healthy personal growth and mental health and wellness.

Kaiser Permanente is proud to participate in this touring production and workshop. We hope that this will raise more awareness of mental health among teens and help to remove the stigma around reaching out for help.

Bring this show to your school

The Educational Theater Program is free to qualifying schools. Now entering our second year of partnership, SCT and Kaiser Permanente’s Free Educational Theater Program has visited nearly 22,000 students and 2,100 Teachers statewide. The Educational Theater Program consists of touring productions, in class residencies, workshops and professional development opportunities for teachers and students alike. All of our programming is designed to inspire children, teens and adults to make informed decisions about their health and build stronger communities.

Now entering the third year of partnership, SCT and Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater Program has visited over 48,000 students and 3,000 Teachers statewide. The Educational Theater Program consists of touring productions, classroom workshops, and professional development opportunities for teachers and students alike, all free to qualifying schools. All of our programming is designed to inspire children, teens and adults to make informed decisions about their health and build stronger communities.

To book a performance, please contact Scott Koh, Arts Based Learning Program Manager at scottk@sct.org or 206-443-0807 Ext. 1082.

 

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