The NHS asked Humanoid to record a series of sensitive interviews about mental health issues and the surrounding stigma. The accounts from service users would be accompanied by empathic dramatisations, with actors playing the key roles.
We used a small crew to minimise stress for the interviewees and protected the identity of one speaker with low-key lighting. Actors were cast carefully and we provided enough background information to ensure they could deliver an authentic performance.
The videos were a notable highlight of the conference where they premièred. Many NHS staff commented on the powerful impact of the storytelling, the subjects found them deeply moving, and the series launched a continuing conversation about attitudes to mental health.