Hi I’m Hayley,
I’m a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD in Bullying Interventions. I have been working with youth for many years, and have found that the most effective way to support teenagers is by helping them see that THEY ARE NOT ALONE. This is why I have become a documentary filmmaker - to tell the real stories of teens facing and overcoming struggle so that they can be a voice of hope for their generation. Too many young people hurt alone, panic alone, even die alone. Most will never access therapy or traditional “psychological services”. But they all have a phone, they all have social media, and they all watch Youtube. So I am now creating content that speaks in the language of those who need to hear it most. These videos can be watched by young people individually, or in groups, programs, or classrooms. I also have a full school mental health curriculum that uses these stories to build real skills of resilience and empowerment.
Watch the Documentaries Below!
Episode 1: Torin
Episode 2: Lucia
Episode 3: Aaron
Episode 4: Sam
Episode 5: Chris
Episode 6: Sarah
Our Youtube Channel contains free resources that support youth mental health from all angles, including how-to parent/teacher resources and real mental health stories from teen influencers.
School Mental Health Curriculum
We have developed a video-based Mental Health Curriculum Program for Middle & High Schools in research partnership with Columbia University, that is running in schools in the US, Canada, and Australia.
Open Parachute was founded by Dr Hayley Watson, a clinical psychologist with 15 years of experience working with youth and families, a PhD in Bullying Interventions, and a lifelong passion for helping youth.
“Until now if I had concerns, I didn't talk about them to other people to get help, because I thought people would judge me, but I learned through these videos that actually they won’t…I realised I don't have to be shameful of my feelings.”
“The Open Parachute videos were not surface layer, they got straight down to the main issues and were based in reality. My students were surprised by how much they enjoyed them!”