Standing Out


A group of 8 young people, aged 18-25, collaborated with the artists from Letting in the Light to explore the issue of disclosing their mental illness when seeking employment.  The group collectively explored, developed and shared skills to create an animation that became the tool that not only demonstrated their skills but also boosted their confidence and self-esteem. The group created an animation, ‘Lisa’s Story’, from which they led and recorded conversations with recruitment staff from Job Centre Plus and local employers, mainly from the creative industries, exploring disclosure from the different perspectives. The Standing Out Team, created a further animation, utilising the recorded voices that both the Early Intervention Team and the Job Centre plan to use as an accessible tool to introduce conversations that address disclosure to new and existing clients who are starting on the path to finding employment.   

Letting in the Light worked in partnership with North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare’s Early Intervention Team for young people and young adults with an early onset psychosis, Job Centre Plus and local employers

The Standing Out group involved 8 young people (core group) + 4 accessing project on drop-in basis over the 24 sessions

The group very quickly established itself as a team, and after initial exploratory sessions took ownership of the project and were involved in planning and decision making from the outset


The skills developed included:

  • Ideas generation
  • Creative writing / script writing
  • Photography
  • Filming
  • Stop motion animation – using istopmotion software
  • Musical Jamming
  • Sound recording and production
  • Film and sound editing on imovie and final Cut Pro
  • Presentation techniques
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Communication and confidence building.