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This verbatim play by Mark Wheeller dramatises the story of his interviews with Rob, a young man who, as a teenager, self-harmed. Mark chats to his family as they reflect on the trauma of living with this constant “elephant in the room”. Mark also talks with a group of randomly selected students from a Midlands school. Gradually all admitted they had either encountered someone who had self-harmed or had themselves self-harmed. One thirteen-year-old described it as “the mouse in the room”
“You feel like a small helpless being, to the point that you’d hurt yourself and everyone around is different to you.”
‘It is important everyone feels able to talk about mental health issues which affect 1/4 of us. Plays like the excellent Scratching the Surface are really important in giving mental health and how it affects young people, the attention it deserves and needs.’ Solihull MIND