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£1,638
pledged of £16,000pledged of £16,000 goal
38
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 13 2014 8:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

Created hand in hand with leading psychiatrists in India, this drama and film project will encourage open discussion about mental health in India and the UK in order to support ongoing efforts to destigmatise mental illness and improve access to suitable healthcare. 

Actors from the Oxford University Dramatic Society will work in partnership with actors and mental health researchers in India, performing a series of interactive plays during September 2014. 

Forum theatre – in which members of the public are invited to take part in improvised plays – will be used as a method to encourage people to discuss stigma-related issues around mental health. This grassroots discussion will form the basis for a staged play, which will be performed for policymakers in Delhi. Footage from these activities will be woven into an film that will be shown throughout India and the UK through a longer-term engagement programme, so as to instigate wider discussion in this area. Qualitative information unearthed by the project will then feed back into the research domain. 

We aim to raise £25,090 in total for this project. Our Kickstarter minimum target is £16,000 for this project to go ahead (*break down of costs below). All funds raised will be used on project expenses (such as travel, plays, and film equipment), with everyone involved in the project working voluntarily without payment. Additional funds will alter the scale and scope of the project and resulting film. 

Rationale:

Up to a quarter of the world's population will, at least once in their lives, be personally affected by mental illness. In Europe, about 50% of cases go untreated; they are left to be cured, persist, or worsen, without medical intervention. In India, this figure is between 75-85%. Although significant advancements have been made in mental health research and community-based healthcare in India, social stigma surrounding mental illness is a substantial barrier for people who need access to life-changing support. 

This project therefore seeks to better understand culturally specific stigma against mental illness in India, as well as the UK, by creating dialogue between biomedical researchers and the general public. This will be achieved by developing an accessible method of engagement, targeting a wide range of groups, and channeling grassroots information to policy makers in order to instigate further development in this area. 

Project Partners: 

The Oxford University Dramatic Society

The Centre for Community Dialogue and Change

The George Institute for Global Health 

The Public Health Foundation of India

Voluntary Services Overseas

St Edmund Hall - Oxford University

Christ Church - Oxford University

Brasenose College - Oxford University

Worcester College - Oxford University

Breakdown of costs

  • Forum theatre workshops in India: £1,500
  • Final staged show in India: £900
  • In country transport: £1,840
  • In country accommodation: £3,500
  • In country subsistence: £3,780
  • Allowance contribution for India-based actors only: £950
  • Production costs (equipment hire, insurance etc.): £6,000
  • UK publicity costs on return: £800
  • Flights for Oxford actors and production team: £4,500
  • Visas for Oxford actors and production team: £1080
  • Personal insurance: £240

Total: 25,090

In country India costs will be prioritised, and the Oxford based side of the team have opted to cover their personal flight, visa, vaccination, and insurance costs if full funding does not come through.  

Risks and challenges

To mitigate financial risks:
• The project has been designed with a minimum and maximum budget in order to ensure that the project will go ahead in September 2014.
• Motivated by the cause, everyone involved in this project has offered their time pro bono. This means that the partnerships are not dependent on funding. Partnerships for this project have been developing since 2013, which has resulted in strong and sportive team of actors, researchers, and practitioners.

To mitigate political risks:
• Applications will be made for clearance to work with government agencies in India.
• The project is designed to work towards partnership with government agents.
• Decisions have been made to avoid working in politically sensitive areas.

To mitigate social risks:
• Briefings about the working environment will be given pre-departure and in-country.
• Time will be set aside in order for the team to acclimatise and rehearse together. The rehearsals will provide the Oxford members a chance to understand the socio-political environment.
• The collaboration with Oxford- and India- actors will provide further in-country social support.

To mitigate environmental risks:
• Performances will be early in the morning so as to avoid the hottest periods of the day.
• Appropriate venues will be selected with the size and needs of participants in mind.

To mitigate health risks:
• A first aid trained person will be travelling with the group, as well as the group having direct links to medical doctors in each visited region.
• Good insurance policies will be taken out.

To mitigate security risks:
• Pre-departure and in-country training on security risks specific to India will be carried out.
• Working in close partnership with local groups in India will enable the team to avoid otherwise unforeseen risks.
• Night travel will be avoided.
• Members of the group will not travel alone.
• Safe accommodation and travel will be a priority.
• All equipment will be insured.

A risk assessment in accordance with ethical research guidelines, that focuses on mitigating potential harm to participants and protecting confidentiality, has also been completed by the team.

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