About Grace Catchpole

Grace is a medical student who, throughout her medical degree, has been battling with her own mental health struggles and the pressures, and stigmas, often associated with these as a student. Part of dealing with this for Grace was involvement in the drama society at her university and the sketch comedy group. Over the last year she has completed a research project looking at how patient suffering can be taught to medical students using theatre as an educational medium. This lead to looking at how students can be comfortable with their own suffering and vulnerability, a state not often encouraged at medical school where students are constantly ranked and made to feel they can't show weakness.