Events & initiatives
A unique, inspiring and stimulating series of events
StereoHype uses the arts to challenge mental health discrimination experienced by African and Caribbean Communities.
We work with artists, musicians, film-makers, poets, actors, dancers and people with lived experience of mental health problems to produce events that identify issues and questions stereotypes. Through StereoHype we challenge audiences, organisations and service users to think differently about mental health and to talk openly about issues in order to find innovative and practical solutions to improve mental well-being.
Over the past sixteen years we have drawn audiences of over 10,000 people to StereoHype events.
Using theatre to explore the mental wellbeing of black men
We have worked closely with many black male actors and writers to explore the stigma that they face when they attempt to speak about their emotions. They have told us that in many African and Caribbean communities, expressing feelings of sadness and pain is often seen as a weakness. Negative portrayals in the media of black men and their mental health, often focus on serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar, and not on more common problems like depression. These issues make it extremely difficult for many black men to speak about their feelings and seek help and support.
Through these conversations, we have heard some amazingly powerful, moving, sad and funny stories which have inspired our work and brought Menologues to life through theatre.
Our events create a platform to promote mental wellbeing, raise awareness of issues and challenge mental health discrimination in African and Caribbean communities.