Third year pupils in secondary schools across Tayside will be able to explore health issues relevant to their age group through the creativity of theatre with a play written especially for them.
The Early Years and Young People Team at NHS Tayside works with the three local education departments and the Dundee and Angus College Theatre Arts Team each year to produce a play aimed at 14 and 15-year-olds to help them explore a wide range of health issues facing young people today.
The play and accompanying workshops will be touring secondary schools across the region - including Brechin High School. The tour started on Monday (February 9) and will run until Friday, March 27.
This year’s play, entitled ‘For My Eyes Only’, examines relationships, sexual health and sexuality, substance misuse, cyber-bullying and sexting as well as issues related to self image, mental well-being and the role of a young carer.
Kerry Dalgetty, Senior Health Promotion Officer with the Early Years and Young People Team at NHS Tayside, explained: “Pupils will see a devised piece split into scenes and will then take part in workshops to consider the issues and the importance of beginning to take responsibility for their own health. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a question and answer session.
“One of our key messages is that even though they are under-16, they still have the right to seek confidential help and advice. We hope that the experience will help pupils feel more confident seeking help if they need it, knowing they have the right to be listened to and that they will not be judged. The goal is that young people will access local services available to them rather than staying silent and possibly compromising their health.
“We are delighted to have secured the services of a young cast which makes the issues more real for the audience. We are also grateful for the support of all of our partner agencies - Youth Work staff, The Corner, The Web, Barnardo’s Hopscotch, Women’s Aid and Young Carers.”