Youth mental health needs—anxiety, depression, and suicide—are rising at a rapid rate in Colorado. It’s clear more can and must be done to improve access to mental health care and resources. That’s why Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, is teaming up with local high schools this fall to unveil Ghosted, an interactive play and workshop designed to address mental health needs, breakdown stigma, and provide resources to teens and teachers.
Ghosted is an hour-long interactive play that follows four high school students as they navigate a typical day at school. The play features each actor showcasing complex emotions—from anger brought on by issues in the home to guilt brought on by not knowing what to say to someone who is contemplating suicide. The cast then engages the audience in a 20-minute open conversation, examining the themes of the play, and asking students how they might handle each of the four characters emotions.
Ghosted—run by Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s Arts Integrated Resources (AIR) department—is a complimentary program available to all Colorado schools in the areas of the state where Kaiser Permanente operates. The production will run from Sept. 18-Nov. 22, 2019. Kaiser Permanente plans to provide the program to Colorado schools again in the spring of 2020.