Project information

HYPED Youth Mental Health Festival

Help Artrix secure £8506 to deliver a youth mental health campaign, including Hyped theatre production, outreach activity with Worcestershire young people, education and support services, and hosting a youth mental health festival during World Mental Health Week, 2018.

January 2018 - July 2018

Charity information: Artrix

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  • Need


    Director of Artrix, Hannah Phillips said, “This country is in the midst of a mental health crisis, with suicide the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5-19 years, and the second most common for girls of this age.

    With the help of The Big Give Christmas Challenge, new plays like Hyped are being produced by Artrix, and made specifically with these young people in mind and can make a real difference to highlighting mental health issues and helping local youngsters.”


    HYPED is a new interactive digital grime show exploring issues of mental health for young people aged 13-18 years made by Outspoken, a company of emerging artists at Artrix. Young people will experience the work and create new art in response to share at a festival.

    This project has the potential to positively impact on thousands of young people engaged in the process, as well as through audience and workshop experiences, and online through Hyped mental health campaign engagement.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help young people & the wider community understand the importance of looking after mental health


    » Creating Hyped - a new interactive digital grime performance, that explores these issues with young people.
    » Delivering outreach performances and workshops with young people in Worcestershire schools, community groups and support services.
    » Working with participating young people to develop creative responses to outreach activity and a youth mental health awareness campaign.
    » To share the work at a Hyped Youth Mental Health Festival at Artrix during Mental Health Week 16th – 22nd May 2018. 1000 sharing for 1000+ audiences.

    As part of the research and consultation element of the project, we will capture feedback and findings in a report measuring impact.

    Aim 2

    To highlight support available & raise awareness of real experiences to inform service development


    » Project advisers inc. Strong Young Minds networks in Herefordshire & Open Door's Counselling Service networks in Birmingham; providing support.
    » There is a research & consultation element throughout the project, findings will be captured, represented in work, fed back to strategic partners.
    » A supporting youth mental health awareness campaign will help to raise awareness across our 54K strong online audience.

    We will seek baseline data about support awareness & compare this with data captured at the end of the project. We will capture feedback about service development from partners.

  • Impact


    We hope this will be the beginning of an annual youth festival programme and will support us in our aim of becoming a centre of excellence for youth engagement and programming. We hope to make a genuine difference in the lives and experiences of young people and believe that Artrix and our strategic partners can work together to achieve this. This will be demonstrated in our programming, subsequent applications made and difference in experience reported by young people.


    The risk of lack of engagement is mitigated by the relationships and confirmed partnerships with schools, groups and support services.

    Without this support our work with an for young people and the campaign element will be limited. This will severely reduce the potential impact of the programme.


    Donors will receive updates though our online channels (website, facebook, twitter, etc), targeted newsletters, information about the campaign, being invited to see the work (Hyped production and the youth festival) and through dissemination of a report sharing findings and recommendations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,506

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,090 Creative development sessions Artists working in schools and community groups
      £2,000 Festival production Production and campaign costs
      £1,096 Venue / theatre Venue hire
      £1,320 Personnel costs Technical and support staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Awards for All £9,820 Guaranteed
    Waitrose £179 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Since 2005, Artrix has changed the landscape of artistic provision in Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas. The area has areas of affluence and pockets of deprivation as seen here:

    Artrix the only arts centre in Bromsgrove and our engagement activity targets all children and young people in the area (particularly young people not in education, employment or training) & wider community members with barriers to engagement.


    1000 young people engaged from local education, community and support settings. Schools include North Bromsgrove, South Bromsgrove, Alvechurch Middle, TC Pedmore and Parkside Middle School.

    15 young adults aged 16-25 years classed as NEET will engage as young leaders (through partnership working, including with HOW College, local police services and counselling services) and 1000+ wider children and young people and families engaged as audiences members and through experiencing the campaign.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Artrix resident company, Outspoken is well placed to develop work in this field, given its focus and previous work. Outspoken is a company of emerging artists, making new work for and with young people.

    Previous work includes Catfish (2017): A digital immersive performance exploring issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) was made by Outspoken in partnership with C&T and Barnardos.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Outspoken Company Including Director Hannah Phillips

    Hannah Phillips, is an amazing theatre director devising original, issue-based theatre for young audiences. HYPED is Hannah’s latest production.