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Volunteers produce short films highlighting mental health

Published: 27 Oct 2014

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Four brand-new short films which highlight and tackle mental health stigma and discrimination and were created by a group of volunteers, all with first-hand experience of mental illness, were produced as part of the Moving Pictures project being led by Toynbee Hall’s Wellbeing Centre for Older People and funded by Time to Change, England’s biggest partnership to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.

The event was full with people from our local community who all gave great feedback about the four films:

I thought the films were very mainstream and accessible to people without any knowledge of mental health.”

Each film provided an impact that emphasised the problems encountered by those with mental illness.”

I particularly liked that we had a discussion about something that isn’t discussed much.”

After the film screenings, which included a ‘Making-Of...’ documentary, there was a Q&A session with the Moving Pictures volunteers. Through it, the volunteers were able to shed more light on their reasons for getting involved with the project, their experiences of writing scripts, operating cameras, directing and acting. The films were supported by a professional crew from Community Film Unit and Toynbee Hall’s Project Coordinator, Kate Lovell.

Each Moving Pictures volunteer then went on to facilitate a small-group discussion, exploring any mental health issues that were raised during the films and encouraging people to talk about how to challenge the stigma. 

The films will now be taken out into the community and used as a resource to stimulate discussion around mental health discrimination. If you would be interested in hosting a screening (free of charge) please contact Kate Lovell who can give you more information.

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