Projects – Raising Awareness of Mental Health Issues
At the Lucy Rayner Foundation we are aiming to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression and mental health challenges in young adults through education and campaigning, and to facilitate change in the way mental health is being perceived by society.
Our projects shown below include films, seminars, talks and workshops, and if you’d like to know more about any of them, or are interested in helping this important work, then please contact us.
LUCY – BREAKING THE SILENCE
A Documentary made in Collaboration with Fact Not Fiction Films
This film is about Lucy Rayner’s life, and the work that her family has done since her death, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in young people.
LUCY – Breaking the Silence is a collaboration between the Fact Not Fiction Production Company and the Lucy Rayner Foundation, who raised £40,000 to enable the film to be completed and shown.
Watch the trailer here…
The short documentary was designed to be to be an educational tool, to help raise awareness of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem in young people.
The film highlights the importance of talking, and the main aim is to encourage young people to get talking about their feelings before it is too late, and thereby to hopefully save some lives.
The aim is to show the documentary in schools, colleges, universities and all other relevant audiences, so that young people can recognise the signs and symptoms in themselves, their friends and families, and will know what action they can take, where to go, and who can help them.
The Lucy Rayner Foundation would like to give thanks to all the generous donors who enabled them to bring this project to life. The donors are credited at the end of the film, which premiered before an invited audience at the Capitol Cinema in Horsham, Surrey, on Friday 9th March 2018.
The Lucy Rayner Foundation regards this short film as a perfect part of Lucy’s legacy.
Watch the fundraising film here…
Lucy: Breaking the Silence has been voted ‘Best Documentary’ at the London Independent Film Awards in August 2018.
CAN ANYONE HEAR ME?
A Series of Four Summits in London in 2018 to Highlight Mental Health Challenges
‘Can Anyone Hear Me?’ Is a series of four, one-day summits throughout 2018 in collaboration with young adults, championing and highlighting mental health challenges.
The aim is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression faced by young people with mental health issues, and to provide a platform where young adults have a voice, and where innovative, honest conversation can take place.
Can Anyone Hear Me? is a collaboration between Jenny Rayner of the Lucy Rayner Foundation, Janie Fox, who has extensive knowledge of the events sector, and successful business owner Anne-Marie Khouri.
To develop and promote Can Anyone Hear Me?, they have formed Red Rocket Events, which brings together their many years of event, marketing and publishing experience along with a wide network covering other verticals including travel, technology, retail, training and Health & Safety.
There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to Can Anyone Hear Me?, proving that there is a clear requirement for this sort of initiative. As Paul Farmer CEO of MIND said:
“It is the right time to be holding an event like this where young people’s voices can be heard“.
And feedback from the events so far has been encouraging too.
“An Incredible day! Thank you so much for running such an inspiring event! I am truly humbled by everything I have heard.“
Hayley Mullender – London South Bank University
“Elements of everything! – the Question Time was a highlight – enjoyed the drama too.“
Jane Bolger – Samaritans
“It’s so valuable to hear from those who are currently living what we discuss at conferences. I feel with many conferences in this field that sometimes we support each other, but we don’t reach any new points of action. Would love to hear a panel of those in emergency services to see what their reality is too.“
Grace Handley – London Nightline
TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Helping to Raise Awareness of Mental Health Issues
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year, and every week 1 in 6 people in England report that they experience a common mental health problem like anxiety & depression.
Many organisations and workplaces are now trying to raise awareness of mental health issues and reduce stigma among both their employees and the wider community.
The Lucy Rayner Foundatiuon offers half or full-day awareness workshops for schools, universities and workplaces. We look at the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, how to recognise them in yourself, friends and family, and help you understand what action you can take to help yourself and those you love.
MENTAL HEALTH, IN OUR OWN WORDS
Funding a Short Film by MIND, the Mental Health Charity
In 2014 The Lucy Rayner Foundation funded the creation of the short film ‘Mental Health, In Our Own Words’ in partnership with Mind, the mental health charity.
The film features 13 young people, aged 18-25, talking about what it’s like to live with a mental health problem, and what helps them cope. Their message for other young people with mental health problems is “You’re not alone. Things will get better. Ask for help.”
The film was first published on YouTube on October 8th, 2014, and as of July 2018 it was viewed over 340,000 times, more than every other film that MIND have posted online.
Watch the film here…
You can find out more about the people involved in this film by visiting the MIND website.