Acting Out – On Screen 2022 Fundraiser
A school holiday film program providing social connection and creative expression opportunities to LGBTQIA+ youth aged 12-17 years
Stigma and discrimination against LGBTQIA+ young people remain significant problems, and young people who identify as LGBTQIA+ are at greater risk of mental health issues and bullying. While there are services that provide one-on-one counselling for LGBTQIA + young people, there are limited avenues in Canberra for them to meet each other and form informal support networks, and to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment.
The positive effects that theatre and the performing arts can have on mental health, particularly in young people, are well documented. In 2018, Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) commissioned research into what impact their drama programs have had on the mental health of participants. “Of the more than 1,200 people who participated in the survey, 89% reported that participating in drama had a positive impact on their self confidence and 94% of respondents said that it had a positive impact on their overall sense of wellbeing” (ATYP Impact Evaluation Final Report 2018).