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What is Real Talk: Chris & Jason?

Here is the trailer for our new interactive film.

A video to guide you (the viewer) and Jason, as they make choices during their conversation to support Chris with his suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Learn more about Real Talk

Our ChangeMakers

You don’t need to be an expert or a health professional to be a Real Talk ChangeMaker.
Our ChangeMakers come from all backgrounds and walks of life.

ChangeMaker Stories

  • “I’m a Brighton based Roller Derby Skater. Having suffered with depression myself and been affected by suicide, I know it is vital to connect with people before they get so desperate they see suicide as the only option. Roller derby is a sport that attracts all kinds of people with differing backgrounds, situations and mental states. We all support each other and our teammates are like family.”
  • “When another person’s pain is hard to bear, imagine how unbearable it is for that person. Please don’t walk away, as no one is immune to misfortune and tragedy. One day it could be you who helps someone person in need or needs support yourself.”
  • “For prostate Cancer awareness people grow moustaches in November. To show support for Cancer research people wear yellow daffodils. For endangered rhinos people run marathons dressed in elaborate costumes. But for suicide, the biggest killer for men under 50 males, we seem to talk in hushes and skirt awkwardly around the subject, which for many is sadly seen as a shameful taboo. We need to talk about suicide to remove the taboo.”
  • “I was shocked when I found out that 1 in 15 people have attempted suicide. That figure reflects how many people feel isolated and unable to open up about their feelings. As a community, we can break the stigma associated with these thoughts and start having supportive conversations without judgement or prejudice.”
  • “I have worked with mental health service users for many years and know too well the cost of suicidal behaviours and suicide to others. Anyone can have suicidal thoughts which are often accompanied with psychological pain. Reaching out to a person with suicidal thoughts can enable them to share their pain and inspire hope in them.”
  • “I am doing a 40-race challenge over 20 months to raise money for local suicide prevention work. Suicide is everyone’s business because it can affect anyone at any time with devastating consequences. It can be preventable if a person in need gets help at the crucial time. Many people perceive this to be a sensitive topic but try not to let that be a barrier. Mental health is just as important as physical health and we all need to talk about it.”

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