Warrior Within is a project that centres around the creation of a short fictional short film (shot in July, 2016) that uses metaphor and imagery to help engage students in their understanding of stress, anxiety and how to individually develop their own resilience. This creative project also involved the student exploration of the film's themes through painting, photography, music composition, documentary film, creative writing, dance, blog writing, directing and cinematography - alongside the shoot and under the guidance of mentors in the field. This short film went on to inspire a student-driven curriculum (since the new year, a student group has been creating the lesson plans, student exercises, discussion points, etc.) aimed at filling the dearth of creative pedagogy regarding positive mental health for youth. This curriculum will be an open source resource (film, plus connected lesson plans) for all educators to use freely in their tool box.
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