This short documentary music film is one of a few experiments, created together with and for young adults. It aims to share mental health coping skills, and research on coping skills, and by doing so, normalising emotional struggle. In this video participants co-curated their advice for the final film and music video. Each participant was asked “What is your advice for yourself when you are having a bad day?”
Another impact measure is the reach of the song. My larger ambition is to reach the charts, and be played at dance clubs around the world, to reach as many young adults as possible, especially when out with friends to reduce stigma. Here it is playing at a night club in Boston, USA
2 Minute Trailer
This short documusic video is one of a few experiments, created with and for young adults, aiming to share mental health coping skills, and research on coping skills, and by doing so normalizing emotional struggle.
1 Minute Trailer
This study aims to research how to improve the mental wellness of young adults by developing accessible coping skills education. This video both translates academic research on mental health coping skills topics, alongside individual interviews on the topic in documentary format.
Is it Okay to Have a Bad Day? Full Docu-Music-Video
“Is it Okay to Have a Bad Day?” both translates academic research on mental health coping skills topics, alongside individual interviews on the topic in documentary format. Our production is informed by cognitive and multimedia learning theories.
Behind the Scenes "Is it Okay to Have a Bad Day?"
What is your advice for yourself when you are having a bad day, was my question. I acknowledge our video contributors for sharing yourself vulnerably. Following the film's release, we published every day parts from behind the scenes of our Short Film-Music Video-Documentary. Please enjoy each of our participant's full interview:
The music film “Is it Okay to Have a Bad Day” was distributed on multiple online platforms and social media, and was presented at online and in person screening events and international film festivals.
Audience members on all platforms were invited to fill in a feedback survey, and share their thoughts in discussion.
Thematic analysis of participants’ experiences indicated mostly favourable and appreciative themes. They reported notions of ownership, feeling proud and trusting of oneself. Normalization of negative emotions, kindness, or generosity regarding oneself, compassion and appreciation of other people. A new desire to act or an action has been taken.
Code intersections: If the participant said “I plan to be kinder to others” it will be coded both as “social empathy” but also under “Behavioural intention”. The code intersection shows how many and what was the relationship between the categories.
Please enjoy this interactive data diagram:
"Is it Okay to Have a Bad Days" is public on all platforms Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, Pandora, Amazon, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Tidal, iHeartRadio, Deezer, plus a ton of other stores & streaming services.