Teen Film Highlights Mental Health Issues

Chrysalis Not For Profit has learned that a Leeds-based teenage director has spoken out on his latest project; a “gritty” production which sheds some much needed light on teenage mental health issues.

Teenage mental health

During the years between childhood and adulthood, many people face a new challenges that can lead to the development of mental health conditions such as stress and depression. Statistics gathered by Young Minds, a UK children’s mental health charity, indicate that one in ten people aged 5-16 have a mental health condition. Meanwhile, more than half of adults with mental health conditions were diagnosed in childhood.

Beneath the Shadows

Therefore teenage mental health is a serious issue in the UK; one which 18 year old film-maker Gage Oxley from Whinmoor, Leeds, sought to highlight in his new production Beneath the Shadows. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Gage’s production company Six° Films completed the project this year, and its trailer has already collected more than 2,000 views on YouTube.

The film, whose £35,000 budget was raised primarily via Crowdfunding campaigns, tells the story of an A-Level student. Played by Leeds-based actor Anna Keat, Beneath the Shadows explores her battle with anxiety and depression, as she searches for happiness in a “realistic raw and gritty” way, according to Oxley.

Speaking out further on the project, he said: “I’m really pleased with the end product, so many people have put a lot of effort and hard work into it, and everyone’s commitment to destroying the stigma attached to mental health has definitely come across. I really do hope that our film does spark that discussion and does start to get people talking about mental health and perhaps their own concerns of mental illness.”

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If people talk about their own mental health issues, they’re more likely to seek help such as talking therapies like counselling. These treatments can help them overcome the issues which cause mental health conditions. You can become a professional counsellor and support people with mental health conditions by signing up for a range of Chrysalis courses supplied by Chrysalis Not For Profit.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

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  1. Hard hitting film. Having struggled with mental health issues myself it really hits home. Charities that highlight teenage mental health are so important and part of the reason now, as an adult, that i use my experiences to help others who are in a similar place to where I was.

  2. Hi George, it is important that everyone uses their own experiences, it seems as though kids are under more pressure than ever before. Counselling with “children” (it’s such a wide range of age and experience) is so important, they all need to know there is help!

  3. This looks really gripping and at the same time raising awareness for mental health issues in teens. More awareness the better.

  4. *very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

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