Untold Stories Program

Untold Stories Program

Untold Stories is a lived experience storytelling project which provides opportunities for UNSW students to share their personal experiences and journey to recovery to help and inspire others going through similar experiences.

Participants are provided with training and coaching to script their experiences into a story which they can share in a variety of ways including public speaking events, videos and written articles. Your story can be about any challenge that you have overcome. Stories may be about living with a mental health issue or a disability, moving from a new country and settling into Australia, experiences of sex, sexuality and gender diversity or any other unique experiences.

 

Why should I get involved?

  • Talking about your own experiences can promote your own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of those who hear your story
  • Learn how to successfully create an engaging story
  • Develop film making skills such as sound, light and composition
  • Build confidence in public speaking
  • Be recognised as a Untold Stories Participant (UNSW Advantage accredited)

 

What participants say:

“Untold Stories has had a huge positive impact on me. I felt very supported throughout the initial training stage. Exercises like reflecting on my boundaries as a storyteller and listing my key messages allowed me to create a story that was clear, impactful, and safe for both myself and the audience. I also had many opportunities to practice sharing my story, initially with small audiences, which helped build my confidence. From writing and sharing my story, I learned to further accept myself and my mental health journey. Even though I aimed to send a hopeful message, I was also able to honour and dignify my struggles. Ultimately, I think my story emphasised my strengths and my growth, which was very empowering. I would highly encourage anyone who is curious to take part in the program. You will be able to help people who have similar experiences as you, and you’ll gain a lot from it too.”

- Untold Stories 2020 participant.

 

What’s involved?

Step 1: Complete the Expression of Interest form with a short summary of your story you wish to share

Step 2: Have a confidential call with a member of UNSW Psychology and Wellness or Student Advisor to discuss your story and suitability for the program.

Step 3: Attend the training day

Step 4: Attend one to one coaching with a member of the training team

Step 5: Share your story to inspire other students and give hope for recovery.

 

Training

Training is delivered face to face over one day at UNSW. You will learn about the story boarding process, what is appropriate to share and how to respond to questions and feedback. You will have the opportunity to practice sharing your story with a partner and with the training group.

Following the training you will have access to one-to-one coaching sessions which will help you tweak and finalise your stories, build your confidence in speaking in public and on camera.

How do I get involved?

In T2 2021 we are collaborating with the Faculty of Medicine and Health and MedSoc to run training specifically for Medicine Students. If you are a Medicine Student and are interested in getting involved please complete this form. 

If you  are not from Medicine but have a story to share, we would still love to hear from you for out T3 session later in the year. Please complete the general expression of interest form and we will be in touch to provide more information about the program and the next steps once we have opened the T3 intake.

Please note that for your and others safety students will go through a screening process to make sure that you are ready to share your story and that you are a good fit for the program. By completing the training, you are not obligated to share your story in public. You have the right to withdraw from the program at any stage, and your wellbeing is our priority.

 

More information

Email us at healthy@unsw.edu.au or complete the EOI.