Join Freedom of Mind for a screening and Q&A of “Steve” – a feature length documentary. The film explores how we can confront the male mental health epidemic and try to use the tragedy of Steve’s death to save other men.
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 90 minute 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. From there he explores the solutions with people who are using their experiences to create positive change.
In this confronting and raw film, the film-makers 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 film of hope, is trying to push us all on from Mental Health Awareness to Mental Health Action.
Followed by a Q&A with director Ben Akers hosted by Elias Williams, filmmaker and founder of MANDEM.
Director: Ben Akers.
Producers: Claire Wilkinson, Neil Harrison.
Editor: Sam Wilkie.
Duration 90 minutes.
Content Warning: Adult themed, talk of death and suicide.
About Elias Williams
Elias Williams is a Bristol-based filmmaker and founder of online media platform, MANDEM (mandemhood.com). He graduated from UWE in the summer of 2018 with a BA Filmmaking degree and just finished studying an MA in History at the University of Bristol. His most recent film projects have explored untold African history in the hopes of educating and empowering young people to engage with history in a creative way. Elias’ work for MANDEM includes providing a space for young men of colour to express themselves through writing, film and music, and has also included hosting panel-led discussions about topical issues around race and masculinity.
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