Hearts and Minds
Modern day living on film
The premiere screening of 'Overload' took place on Tuesday 15
November 2011. The film is about how modern day living in South
London affects people's senses.
The screening marked the end of the first year of the Age Exchange "Hearts and Minds" programme - a major three year initiative, funded by Maudsley Charity, that provides creative activities and initiatives for people who use mental health services in South London.
The film uses people's accounts of mild to severe effects of 'Overload', what triggers it, how it affects their lives, how it makes them feel and what they do to cope with it.
Film maker Ivan Riches directed Overload, working in partnership with people who suffer from mental health distress. He said: "I have worked with some extremely creative and courageous people. Overload is a film that will crack the walls of stigma."
One of the film's participant said: "I think our film project has achieved an opening of minds, a lowering of barriers, reduction of fear in people's minds. I've learnt to let go of some desires to control my environment. I hope to gain a better understanding of mental health."
The film was introduced at the premier by Stuart Bell, chief executive of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), who said: "I'm very pleased to be introducing Overload at the film's premiere. Maudsley Charity is proud to be supporting Hearts and Minds. It is an important programme that provides people in South London with mental health issues access to creative activities and initiatives that can directly benefit their wellbeing."
David Savill, artistic director, Age Exchange said: "I am really impressed with the creativity and courage shown by the company that has both shared very personal and difficult memories, and learnt important new skills in film making and editing as part of the production process for Overload. Make no mistake participants have shown real courage in sharing their personal struggles with overload. They have done so in order to challenge the stigma attached still to 'mental illness', and to empower others who experience overload to feel they are not alone, and can find a voice through creativity".
As part of the Hearts and Minds programme, Age Exchange is developing major projects in creative care working across Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon.