In the second phase of our project Engage, we took our toolkit offering, designed to tackle stigma amongst the New York elderly, to Tokyo. We found that the social attitudes within the Japanese context was very contrasting compared to those we observed in New York. We realised that we had to adapt our offering for a new demographic and with a new approach.
The result is the Engage Workshop, a 90 minute workshop aimed towards Japanese undergraduate students that educates about mental health and stigma through fictional case-study based activities.
The structure of the workshop is broken down into three interactions followed by a discussion which breaks down the events of the interactions. The scenario follows the life of Sayaka, Jun and Yuki, a group Japanese undergraduate students.
During each interaction participants express the thoughts and feelings of the scenario's characters through a number of Emoticons.