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McGowan combines her knowledge and training in applied theatre (Drama in the Community and Drama education) and counselling to work with young people. She has designed and conducted arts-based, experiential workshops in schools with teachers and students, to promote understanding of mental health and self-care; self-harm and suicide prevention; spotting and managing harmful behaviours; self-esteem. She has worked with organisations including the Community Rehabilitation Centre; Singapore's only female halfway house, The Turning Point; The Esplanade (Singapore); and Outside Edge Theatre Company (London). Other applied theatre work includes drama workshops with people in recovery; working with transgender youth exploring science and gender, and mentoring a project about the stigma behind mental illness.
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