LouDeemY Productions

Humour Heals

300 Voices: All Systems Go

All Systems Go: A series of events in one day of a young Afro-Caribbean man, a nurse and a policeman changes their lives forever. They each tell their story from their own personal perspective. This 15 minute performance will be followed by hotseating, forum theatre and discussion to explore further the issues around the experiences of the characters within 'the system'.

After the performance, join us as we use hot seating and forum theatre to explore the issues further. The audience will have the opportunity to speak with the characters and find out more about them, their backgrounds, experiences etc., before exploring with them how they can prevent the events of that one day happening in the future.

Carlton is a troubled young Afro-Caribbean man who dotes on his mother and has found a positive way of expressing his feelings about his experiences.

Alex, a hard working health professional, found her life changed forever by the events of one day.

Raswan, a police officer who just wants to feel better able to deal with the everyday problems he comes across, has his own difficulties to contend with.

 All the events/thoughts/opinions/experiences in the piece have been drawn from actual real life events, which have been gathered through research colleagues/service user accounts or our own experience

All Systems Go is part of the time to Change 300 Voices pilot project, the mental health anti stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness in the West Midlands to tackle the stigma and discrimination that young African and Caribbean men face when accessing in patient mental health care. Working in partnership with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Police and LouDeemY Productions, Time to Change will bring young men, their carers, staff from within the Trust, the police and Birmingham City Council together to facilitate open and honest dialogue to explore how services can be improved.