Over lockdown I’ve been helping out with an amazing project looking at Suicide and mental health. Something that many have struggled with over the course of this Pandemic.
The Suicide Monologues are a series of thirteen short films which present the testimonies of people who have been affected by suicide and attempted suicide.
The films will be streamed this Saturday, and will be subsequently available to view online.
The project is a collaboration between Kathryn Littlewood, Penny Capper, Charlie Barnes, Brendan Stone, myself, and others. It was funded by the University of Sheffield, and supported by the mental health charity Sheffield Flourish.
The monologues are the true stories of a diverse group of people which are voiced in the films by a range of actors including Julian Richings, Cathy Shipton, Ian Reddington, Alice Barlow, Blue Merrick, Andy Whittaker, Janelle Thompson, Rachael McAllister, and Deepak Verma.
The aim of The Suicide Monologues is to challenge stigma around this complex subject, increase understanding, and create discussion.
You’ll be able to view the films at this link on Saturday 19th September at 19.00. Please feel free to share this message, but please note that some viewers may find these films distressing.
You can also contact the 24/7 UK crisis service Shout simply by texting the word ‘Shout’ to 85258.
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