All Our Stories Premiere: Personal Stories of Mental Health Trauma and Recovery
On Monday 13th of October local mental health charity MindWise and ESC held the film premiere of All Our Stories: personal short films of trauma and recovery in the Black Box Belfast.
ESC worked with MindWise service users from the Belfast Resource Centre over a 15 week period to write, perform and record short films of their personal experience with mental illness. The project was funded by the Big Lottery Awards For All.
Speaking at the launch, Anne Doherty, Deputy CEO of MindWise highlighted the stigma and discrimination that often surrounds mental health and commended participants for their bravery in coming forward and sharing their story. It is hoped that these films will raise awareness of mental illness, start meaningful discussions and encourage others to speak out about their experiences.
Creative arts are a useful tool in mental health recovery. During this project, participants used storytelling and filmmaking to take control of their stories and experiences. One participant described his mental illness as “a bag of coal on my back”. Another said that the project “enabled me to untie the knot”.
Dr Kirsten Kearney, Chief Executive of ESC said:
“ESC has been privileged to work with MindWise on this exciting and challenging project. We’re very proud of the films that the participants have produced, but more importantly, of the impact that being involved in this creative process has had on the individuals’ recovery”
The premiere was part of the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (NIMHAFF).
To watch the films please visit MindWise’s Voices Archive or our Filmography page.