Exposing issues around youth mental health

Exposure Live is a new video-on-demand service supporting positive mental health for young people. SAE Byron Bay students recently had the chance to work on the platform as part of their industry placements.

Exposure Live delivers high quality video recordings of live, youth-theatre performances along with teaching resources for schools, universities, parents, and youth and mental health organisations across Australia, giving them the opportunity to engage young people in meaningful discussions about issues that affect them directly.

Recent Headspace studies indicate that high school students are experiencing higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression over the past two years as they grapple to deal with the global issues affecting them.

Co-founder of Exposure Live, Lisa Apostolides stated how important it is for young people to have a safe environment to share about mental health and realise they are not alone.

“The performances on Exposure Live reflect real life scenarios of young people experiencing mental health issues. The conversations need to be had in as many settings as possible to provide the support our youth need. We always advise teachers, facilitators and parents to check all materials before sharing, to be mindful of timing, setting and having additional support.”

Exposure Live is delighted to partner with SAE students in the filming of performances, the creation of original soundtracks, and elements for the website. “SAE is such a respected name in creative media education, and it was a real pleasure to give their students the opportunity to gain on-the-job experience, whilst being a part of a national campaign to make a difference to the mental health of young people.” commented fellow co-founder, Nigel Haslam.

Design student, Jodi Havill who created the new logo for the platform said the cause can have a lasting impact. “Services like Exposure Live, which gives young people the opportunity to hear sensitive topics from other youth is amazing. Performance is such a powerful way to communicate and open up a conversation on subjects that can sometimes be difficult to approach.”

SAE General Manager, Dr Luke McMillan was eager to support this important partnership.

“Every year, one in seven young people aged 4 to 17 experience a mental health condition. As an organisation interacting with young adults, we have a responsibility to be part of the solution, that is why we are proud to support the valuable work that Exposure Live is doing and hope to raise awareness of this issue."

“A major aspect of our teaching at SAE is to provide our students with the tools and skills to be industry ready from the first day they graduate. The learning experience our students will have working with Exposure Live will be invaluable to them in their development; not only will they refine technical skills, they’ll be using their craft to support a worthy cause too.”

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