Today is World Health Day which is held annually on April 7th. This year’s focus is on raising awareness about Depressions. The tag line is “Depression: let’s talk”. The hope is that more people who suffer from clinical depression will talk about it with the people around them and go and get help.


Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.  Yet it is also one of the most stigmatized condition, and misconceptions are very common.


Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.



What is depression?


Depression is an illness characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks. In addition, people with depression normally have several of the following symptoms: a loss of energy; a change in appetite; sleeping more or less; anxiety; reduced concentration; indecisiveness; restlessness; feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or hopelessness; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.


The condition of depression and those suffering from depressions surrounds and affects the m & s Marshall and IME Film teams. “Friends, Family and those around many of us deal with depression every day” says m & s Marshall Production co-owner Matthew Marshall. It is why he, his company of m & s Marshall Productions and then team at IME films have under taken a series of films that at their core deal with the issue of depression. The first was last summer when they filmed a short film called Struggles Within that told the story of a young women dealing with depression told entirely through Dance. The film was written and directed by Corrinne Wood. When asked about the film Wood had this to say “mental illness is something really near and dear to my heart, and this film is designed to show an audience who may not be struggling with a mental illness what kind of daily struggles really goes on inside the mind of someone struggling with depression.” The film’s lead is Katie Ostojic who feels dancing in the film was a wonderful opportunity to do what she loves the most, to dance. “Being part of this film is an opportunity to inspire others, especially youth” says Ostojic when talking about her role in the film.  She goes on to say, “The story about overcoming demons and finding hope Is one I know well, and It’s an honour for me to tell this story through the art dance. Hope changes everything”. The release of the film will be in the coming weeks.


Late in 2016 Marshall under took filming of his short film Malicious Attack about bullying and the effects that it has on people who are bullied. Including suffering from depression and contemplating suicide. Malicious Attack cast member Dina Jasim who plays a character that is bullied in the film offered these words about being bullied through hurtful words. “I have seen people around me struggle with being bullied…Words can hurt deeper than we think. They get into our bodies like a disease, slowly affect our brains and hearts” says Jasim.

It is the goal of Marshall and the cast and crew of the film to create a film that allows people to discuss the issue of bullying and to open up discussion to the issues that surround the social issue and the issues like depression that stem from bullying. It is Marshall’s hope that the films will help people to talk about the depression and depression due to bullying and how it effects lives. “We need to talk about it and we need to remove the stigmas related to this mental health condition” says Marshall. He thinks the theme of “Let’s Talk” is so important. He hopes that through initiatives like World Health day and films like Struggles Within and Malicious Attack that people will be willing to open up and talk without the fear of  the stigma.


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