Colour the World with Hope
By Mark Wentworth
Dear Colleagues, I would like to turn your attention to a project that I have created here in Norfolk UK. The project is about young people from around the world singing together “True Colours” by Cyndi Lauper, which will then be recorded and released via iTunes and various other outlets. The purpose of the project is to raise awareness and give voice to the needs of young people.
Everywhere in the world more and more young people are affected by various mental health issues. Many of them not feeling truly seen or heard; and cannot find the needed help and support; but are rather suffering in silence and alone. As a result, many tend to choose self-harming or destructive ways to escape from painful reality.
The participants will be invited to express themselves through creativity, colour, story and voice; assembling a virtual choir of various cultures and languages; all united with the same goal – expressing their message, “You Are Not Alone; We See You and We Hear You”… and as the lyrics of the song go, “I see your true colours shining through and that’s why I love you”.
Jacob L. Moreno, creator of Psychodrama, believed that we can build our future as creative participants in a group activity; and that in a healthy society all individuals must be co-creative with other individuals in an interplay of group activities. One of his last and perhaps most attractive ideas was about Societry – the healing of society. The project is an attempt to bring this concept into practice; by opening a space for people from different cultures to sing together, to create a rainbow of colours together, to believe and hope together, and to give their support to the young people in need of understanding.
We would like to invite those who work with young people; those who would like to share their own experiences from their youth; and those who would like to give us a hand in putting together this powerful and healing project, to contact us @
Transforming lives through the power of colour, drama and story
Daniela Simmons, PhD, PAT
Expressive Therapies Training Institute (ETTi)
Project Psychodrama Coordinator