Because mortality will affect everyone at some point and yet people find it almost impossible to talk about.
Designed to go into secondary schools, this multi-media programme, based on the story Eileen, combines original animation, music and script and looks at the impact of death on a group of teenagers about to take their GCSEs. Schools can choose from one of three versions:
Schools will be supplied with support information, links and resource packs which will form the basis of a series of discussions to take place in follow-up lessons.
By normalising the topic of death, it is anticipated young people will find themselves in a better position to deal with any loss they will one day encounter, sometimes unexpectedly.
For those who have not yet encountered death in their lives, they will discover ways to respond to their friends who have been bereaved. In the future, this knowledge will enable them to offer support to colleagues, friends and relatives.
For young people who have been affected by death already in their lives, it is hoped that it will help them to feel less isolated and to realise they are not alone.
It seeks to help prevent some of the mental health issues that can be triggered by complicated grief.