Local charity Mind Your Head has released a film highlighting men’s mental ill health.
The short monologue film tells the story of a young Shetland man named Laurence who talks about his battle with his illness and the impact on himself as well as his family and friends.
His emotional story is told in his own words and he recalls the dark side of mental ill health and how alone sufferers can feel.
Laurence speaks of the time he first told one of his friends how he was feeling. At the time of opening up to his friend Laurence found that his friend also shared his own issues. Anouska Civico, of Mind Your Head, said this was a particularly emotive part of Laurence’s story and for Laurence (whose surname has been withheld) represented a critical moment when he knew he needed to ask for help.
Anouska Civico, of Mind Your Head, said this was a particularly emotive part of Laurence’s story and for Laurence (whose surname has been withheld) represented a critical moment when he knew he needed to ask for help.
Mrs Civico said: “This is a very honest and raw film and Laurence is an amazingly brave guy to share his story to help others.
“The film has taken several months to produce simply because of the nature of the subject matter but the end result is humbling…
“We hope that this film will get men to talk to others about how they are feeling. There is no hesitation when I say that I feel sure that there will be lots of individuals who can relate to what Laurence is saying.”
Mind Your Head chairwoman Shona Manson said: “Having people like Laurence brave enough to share their own experiences of mental ill health is what can really make a difference to others in similar situations in our community. On behalf of Mind Your Head I would like to say a huge thank you to Laurence and his family for working with Anouska and Dave to produce this excellent film.”
Mrs Civico added that producing the film backed up the work the charity is doing via “The Grubby Hut” initiative which sees staff visit male-dominated workplaces to talk to men about managing their mental health and encouraging them to speak with others, including colleagues.
“What we have found is that by sharing your story you will find that it is likely other people are experiencing, or have experienced, similar issues hence highlighting how prevalent mental ill health is,” said Mrs Civico.
The film is the first of three to be launched by Mind Your Head over the coming months focusing on the issue of talking about mental health particularly for men. The films were recorded and produced in collaboration with Hoswick-based Dave Donaldson. Mrs Civico said: “Myself and Dave feel honoured that [Laurence] shared his story with us.”