Over the past nine months we’ve been collaborating with Cheryl Hunter, a researcher and trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of East London, and John DeWinne, a filmmaker and the founder of Mind Wick production company, on a participatory arts and research project named Living with Suicide.
Living with Suicide aims to create space for people who experience ongoing suicidal thoughts, feelings and acts, to share stories and uncover what sustains us.
We’re developing a series of creative resources to be shared widely with people with lived experience, loved ones, mental health professionals, researchers and policy makers.
Our first creative piece – an animated film co-created by nine people with lived experience, including Lynn, Dee Dee, Ingrid, Jenny E, Wendy, Leah and Anita W – was launched on the 10th September 2020, World Suicide Prevention Day.
Scripted and produced by Eve Loren, Living with Suicide is a film about pain, despair and rage, but it is ultimately about survival. Eve says:
“This project has been an enormous privilege, and an experience that will stay with me for a long time. There are very few spaces in our communities where we can talk candidly about the heartache, isolation and loneliness of living with suicide. Facilitating these groups with Cheryl and John created an opportunity for us all to be seen, heard and validated. We witnessed ourselves and one another not as ill, but hurting. I hope this film reaches people in dark places, brings comfort and a feeling of shared struggle. The fight continues.”
Living with Suicide forms part of our two-year Wellcome Trust funded arts and research programme Create, Relate, Integrate.
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