Over the years I’ve known a number of people who self-harm, more often than not cutting themselves.
It’s always something I’ve found really disturbing, to the point that my physical revulsion to the idea of cutting myself has probably stopped me thinking too deeply about why someone might do this, apart from being a troubled person in a troubled world.
That’s not too impressive an admission I know.
Tonight I was tweeting my amazement that to enter Mind’s Mental Health Media Awards you need to hand over £198! It’s not that duckrabbit doesn’t have £198 but I can think of better ways of feeling good about myself then paying silly amounts of money to win an award. Tom Price tweeted back that the fee was stopping him submitting a stop motion film he helped make about self-harm.
If like me you’re ignorant about why people self harm please do take a couple of minutes to watch Tom’s superb film.
Tom, if you ever want to come on one of our training courses we’ll knock off the £198 we won’t be spending on entering the awards.
I made a couple of films recently with Shedlight Productions, commissioned by Raise, a mental health training and consultancy company. We were set the brief of exploring experiences of using mental health services from the perspective of service-users who self-harm and who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. The point of the films was to communicate some of that insider perspective to carers and mental health workers.
The extra challenge was that the films had to be ‘funky’ and couldn’t show the identity of our subjects.
This was one of the films I made on self-harm.
The artwork is by Sarah Price.