According to Youth Mental Health Canada, an estimated 1.2 million children and youth across the country are affected by mental illness in a normal year. And over the past 16 months, this number has only gotten worse. The pandemic has had an enormous effect on the mental health of many Canadians—and kids aren’t excluded from that.
In Breakwater, the new multi-media production from Some Assembly Theatre Company, youth mental health is at the forefront.
Using a world-wide flood as a symbol for the COVID-19 pandemic, audiences follow six young characters as they isolate themselves in their homes and explore what effect that has on their mental well-being. Performed and written by Vancouver youthin cooperation with Some Assembly artistic director Valerie Methot—the play tackles issues such as depression, identity, negative self-talk, and, ultimately, community and healing.
In a phone interview, Methot told the Straightthat she was inspired to make a play on children’s mental health before the pandemic …