Sheffield university drama group dancing to raise money for mental health charity

27 February 2020

A student drama group is raising money to support people with mental health conditions.

Sheffield University Performing Arts Society (SUPAS) is bringing us the magic of Strictly Come Dancing. For the first time, dance duets will have an opportunity to jive and tango the night away aiming to be crowned the Judge’s champion dancers. 

Kieran Jenkins, Vice President of SUPAS said: “We hope the event will be a fun-filled evening of entertainment, welcoming those who dad-dance like Ed Balls and pirouette like Darcey Bussell. 

“Each pair will have just two weeks to devise their own choreographed number to one of the famous 11 Latin and Ballroom dance styles and every couple will donate £5 to Sheffield Mind.”

Apart from a great dose of cheer the dancing will bring, all proceeds from this event will go directly to Sheffield Mind, which is an organisation very close to SUPAS members’ hearts.

Sheffield Mind has over 40 years’ experience providing mental health services to people in Sheffield who seek help to cope with, for example, psychosis, depression or anxiety. 

Margaret Lewis, CEO of Sheffield Mind said: “Our vision is that we won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. 

“We would like to see parity of care for people with mental and physical illness and to de-stigmatise mental health conditions so people are not discriminated against. We have over 55 full and part-time staff and over 20 volunteers, delivering a wide variety of services including support work, counselling and tenancy support.”

Mental health topic has received greater public attention following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack and singer Duffy’s opening up about trauma after being raped.

However, Ms Lewis said that many people still face stigma and discrimination.

“In addition to supporting people who are experiencing enduring mental health issues, we also believe in preventative measures and in building resilience – the capacity to stay mentally well during difficult times.

“We believe that resilience can be taught, it is not simply a person’s ability to ‘bounce back,’ but their capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining stable mental wellbeing.”

Kieran Jenkins hopes that the lively audience will spend a great time whilst donating as they feel to support the good cause on 18 March.

You can find more information about joining the event on Sheffield’s University Performing Arts Society Facebook group.

Written by Weronika Wawrzuta

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