Welcome to our Storytelling Highlights, this where we share what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share with you from the worlds of charity communications and digital storytelling. It’s almost time for our March e-news, subscribe here to get it straight to your inbox! Back to our highlights, it’s time to put the kettle on, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
1.In Your Corner
We love this new campaign from Time to Change, In Your Corner is a call for people to support those around them who may be showing signs of struggling with their mental health. Suicide remains the highest killer in men under 40 and so it continues to be vital to promote open conversation around mental health especially amongst men to stamp out the stigma. This week the brilliant Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn were both awarded MBEs for their campaigning around mental health awareness and education, Jonny joined us at SMEX16 to share this powerful Lightning talk on his journey with mental health.
2. World Book Day
This is such a brilliant and creative way to mark World Book Day by RightsInfo. They’ve compiled a great list of literary heroes who have championed human rights in their own unique ways. From weird and wacky stories like Dr Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who encouraging equality and empathy, to classics like Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mocking Bird putting a spotlight on racial equality and rights for all, to real life heroes like Anne Frank. Who would be your human rights hero?
3. Life, Animated
Oscar nominated Life, Animated shares the story of Owen Suskind, an autistic young man and his family. Owen wasn’t diagnosed with autism until the age of three, but he found a way to combat his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated films, using them to reconnect with the wider world. It’s available on BBC iplayer now, a good weekend watch.
4. The Refugee Diaries
Made for BBC Three, the Refugee Diaries is a series of short documentaries sharing the experiences of Thaer, a refugee forced to flee his home in Syria, endure a treacherous journey and face continual challenges resettling in London. Amnesty International are hosting a special screening of The Refugee Diaries on Monday with a Q&A panel discussion following with the Director Jack Collins, the producer Katie Hindley, the Executive Producer for the BBC Danny Horan; as well as Thaer Bata.
5. All Women Everywhere
Huffington Post UK is running a month-long project in March called All Women Everywhere, aiming to provide a platform for people to have their experiences heard and put a spotlight on women’s experiences in the UK. You can already read articles of great variety, and HuffPost are calling for more contributors. Find out how you can get involved.
Guardian Voluntary Sector are looking for contributors, here is everything you need to know to share your experiences.
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