Steve Documentary : Saving Men from Suicide
Steve: Saving Men from Suicide

Steve: Saving Men from Suicide

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Please note: This was screened in Oct 2019

Ben Akers
90 mins, 2019, UK
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Join Freedom of Mind for a Q&A following a screening of this moving documentary exploring how we can confront the male mental health epidemic and try to provide help to other men in need.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. 12 men a day. 1 every 2 hours. One of those men was Steve Yates. But Steve was more than a number. He was a father, a son, a brother, and a friend - director Ben Akers’s childhood best friend.

In this moving documentary, Ben goes on a mission to look at why this is happening and what men can do to help themselves. He begins by talking to Steve’s family, health professionals and ordinary men who are suffering – often in silence and from there he explores the solutions with people who are using their experiences to create positive change.

In this confronting and raw film, the filmmakers want to help men and their families understand that it’s ok to not be ok, and discuss the ways we can all help ourselves to be mentally fit. Ultimately, this is a film of hope, one that is trying to push us all on from Mental Health Awareness to Mental Health Action.

Screening as part of The Freedom of Mind Festival which opens up discussion around mental health and wellbeing through a series of events across Bristol.

Followed by a Q&A with director Ben Akers hosted by Elias Williams, filmmaker and founder of MANDEM.