WHAT IS SOUL BURGERS?
Soul Burgers is an award winning Art House which uses multi-media to educate, inform and prompt discussion on mental health issues.
The latest art project uses film and digital media to stimulate conversation for teenagers dealing with issues of belonging, identity, sexuality and depression.
The research and development for this “Let’s Talk” project has been funded by our 2012 Allianz to Arts/ Tile Style Bursary award.
Like all Soul Burgers projects – this education programme is based on the inspiring story of recovery, written by psychotherapist and poet Christina Reihill.
Endorsed by teachers, mental health professionals, writers and reviewers, the second edition of the book, launched at IMMA in 2011, was sponsored by Rutland Centre.
Soul Burgers has many to thank for its success but particular gratitude goes to Barbara Fitzgerald, founder and former Chairperson of the Irish Council for psychotherapy and current member of the Governing Board of the European Association for Psychotherapy. Barbara’s endorsement for our work, as a highly regarded clinician and creative thinker, provides a valuable contribution to the vision of our work.
The book, a ten year odyssey in verse has been adapted for stage, music performance, a pop-up poetry shop and thanks to Dulux, urban art projects. In 2014 the Soul Burgers team will adapt its stunning tale of hope for film.
“The Digital Interactive schools/college programme uses popular films to prompt questions and expand the language and vocabulary of emotions for young adults” says Christina. “Young adults don’t want to be told how they feel – they want to use their own language to tell us what they feel”
Action Not Words..
”We need to meet teenagers in their world and invite them to join reality with a language that they’re comfortable using or the lines of communication will continue to break down and teenage suicide figures will keep climbing” says Reihill. “This project shows young adults that we’re serious about wanting to understand them but that they need to meet us half way”