Mental health issues put in the spotlight as part of special screening

On Wednesday 10th May the spotlight shone brightly on mental health issues in the Bath and North East Somerset community as we came together with Little Theatre cinema to put on a spectacular performance in aid of Mental Heath Awareness Week.

Our two organisations organised a special fundraiser movie night screening of Girl, Interrupted – a classic from the 90’s starring Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder that takes a hard look at mental health issues and what that can mean for people suffering with them. The event attracted lots of attention in the local community, with people taking to social media to discuss the event, and the whole screen was packed to the brim on the night.

Almost 60 people filled the rows of the indie cinema, known for its eclectic taste in films and unique decor, and over £300 was raised for us – all of which will go towards helping vulnerable young people in need. The money raised from the event will go towards services to support young people – including counselling and Listening Support sessions – and will help Off the Record play an important part in transforming their lives for the better and inspiring positive mental health and wellbeing.

The Little Theatre are also continuing to raise funds for the charity throughout the week in aid of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Laura Quinn, Fundraiser for Off the Record, said: “It was heart-warming to see so many people come together to support us last night and it really hit home for us just how emotional a topic this is for so many people. Mental health is a serious issue and is one that touches us all in some way. It is actually often closer than you may think – it could be you, a close friend or family member, a co-worker, but more often than not, there will be someone around you that is suffering with an issue of some kind.

“It is a sad fact in our community that around three young people in every classroom right now are suffering with some form of mental health issue. Many of them suffer in silence, with nowhere else to turn – and that’s where we fit in. We want to help those people who need us the most and who need someone to talk to at times of hardship in their lives – and events like last night provide us with the means to do this and to continue our vital work.”