October 10th 2017 is World Mental Health Day. This day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.

 

World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. In some countries around the world, it forms just one part of the larger Mental Illness Awareness Week.

 

Mental health problems, ranging from issues like depression and anxiety disorders to conditions like schizophrenia, affect millions of people around the world. In fact, according to current statistics, 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem during their lifetime and many more will see friends of family members affected.

 

The purpose of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues, increase education on the topic and attempt to eliminate the stigma attached. It is hoped that this, in turn, will encourage sufferers to seek help and support.

 

The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

 

Within the films that m & s Marshall Productions and IME films have done, they have had a number of films that have themes of dealing with various forms of mental health or have story lines that have social issues that have ties into to mental health issues.

 

Several characters within the films have dealt with various forms of mental illness. Most specifically one of the biggest issues depression.

 

In the short film Struggles Within told through dance a close look at depression and how it effects people was shown through the art of dance without words. The central character of the film is Katie Ostojic who plays the girl. She must choose between depression and hope and the struggle within her is told through the film through various dance.

 

In the short film Malicious Attack Katie Ostojic and Dina Jasim play characters that are directly affected by being bullied. Both deal with depression and anxiety. But how each of them deal with it is very different. Ostojic’s character of Naomi acts out where as Jasim’s character of Linda slips deeper into depression to the point she tries to use anti-depressants to combat her negative thoughts and feelings.

 

Director Matthew Marshall’s newest film which is yet to be named will feature Helena Rose as the main character Kaitlyn Butler who suffers from depression, anxiety and metal trauma from things she has endured from domestic abuse.

 

Each character has a story and through each one a light is shone on the the issue of mental illness and mental health. Everyone around us knows someone that suffers with a form of mental illness. The most important thing is to talk about the issues. To bring whatever form of mental illness that people are dealing with out into the open and talk about it. Through talking about the things people suffer with we end the sigma that surrounds it.

 

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