Head Tales is a storytelling project designed to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness and ignite the inner storyteller in participants.
Head Tales started in 2014 with a series of storytelling workshops for clients of mental health services across regional WA in Margaret River, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton and Narrogin. Along the way CAN has expanded the program to also involve digital animation, visual arts and audio recording.
Head Tales is supported by the WA Mental Health Commission and CAN works with various organisations to deliver the program in each town including Pathways, Lamp Inc and True Colours Bunbury in the South West and Arafmi WA and Regional Home Care Services in Geraldton.
Professional actor and comedian Andrea Gibbs runs each of the workshops, which are designed to allow participants to explore issues of mental health in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where they can build their confidence and self-esteem by sharing their stories.
In the South West region and Geraldton the program was a great success and participants advised they experienced increased confidence and self-esteem as a result of the program. This became even more tangible as people with poor literacy skills expressed their pride in being able to tell and write their stories.
In 2015 a digital compilation of participants’ stories from across regional WA will be produced.