Our projects range from charities to corporate settings to Higher Education settings. Open Words is suitable for all settings, as everyone deserves good mental health.
Open Words were one of many artists and organisations offering online mental health and wellbeing workshops as part of Arts & Minds Cambridge Virtual Cafes. These sessions included specially designed mental health workshops, delivered by Zoom, titled 'Many Faces of Mental Health' and 'Myths, Stories, and Mental Health".
One of the participants commented: "Yes, I learnt more about my mental health... I learnt more about my emotions than I realised I would."
Open Words were delighted to run an online mental health workshop for the staff of Jewish Women's Aid to promote staff wellbeing and self-care. The session focused on realising what brings comfort and how to realise when you need to focus on self-care. Charities are offered discounted rates.
Marissa Green ran a 1.5 hour online Continuing Professional Development training on using evaluation frameworks in Dramatherapy research and practice. During this, she utilised Open Words sessions as an example of how Dramatherapy practise can be used within a mental health setting to optimise the participants experience and reach desired outcomes. She also emphasised the importance of evaluation frameworks in ensuring a high quality and standard of work.
Open Words ran three sessions for over 90 students at the University of Oxford Undergraduate and Admission's Study Higher Conference. Open Words were focusing on the theme of 'Getting through your GCSEs' by asking students to create freeze frames representing different mental health issues which could be stirred up by the pressures of exams. We then asked them to allocate appropriate mental health support from a pre-determined list of options. For example, a group of students would represent 'depression' then choose 'journalling' as a method of self-care. After the session, we evaluated the student's progress by asking them to complete evaluation forms and provided Oxford with a detailed and statistical report.
Open Words ran a set of four one hour scriptwriting workshops for Clare College undergraduates, focusing on sharing and the stresses which come with University life.
"We heard about Open Words at the start of Lent Term when Marisa and Jamie contacted us directly, and enjoyed the Taster Session we attended so much that we decided to work with Marissa and Jamie over the term. They held four sessions here at Clare, and seemed to really enjoy working with those who attended. In terms of a working relationship, we thoroughly enjoyed including Marissa and Jamie's Open Words sessions in our Welfare calendar, as they worked efficiently and independently without much involvement from us and as such are a great, low maintenance addition to any Welfare schedule. We wish them the best in the future and hope to work with them again." - Clare College JCR