Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- Other: Play and a movie screening
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
- Patients & Caregivers
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
With the Northern Centre for Mood Disorders we put on an evening lecture on the topic of mental health and suicide. There were 2 speakers, one a practitioner in mental health services and the second a parent who had lost a child to suicide and then set up a foundation to help others. This emotive subject was handled well and the audience were engaged and responded well to the talks. With the Newcastle branch of the British Science Association we put on a screening of ‘Finding Dory’ and afterwards had a Q and A session with one of our developmental psychology researchers and an animal behaviourist. It was a fund event which aimed at talking to younger children. One of our professors has a theatrical background and so we put on the Joe Penhall play ‘Blue/Orange’. This features the character Christopher a young black man living in the UK. Christopher has been displaying some odd behaviours but should he be diagnosed with schizophrenia? The play explores issues around race and mental health diagnoses. We created a souvenir programme for people to take away. Aimed at an adult, older teenager audience or those that might not go to a traditional science event / lecture.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Fact Sheets
- Lesson Plans
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Outreach is always fun and it is good to inspire the next generation. And to enthuse people outside of the scientific arena. Brain Awareness Week provides a useful focus to arrange these events
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
Its good to have a presence on social media but I’m not sure I took anything from it