Film raises sui­cide aware­ness


Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Jes­sica Nico

A YOUNG film­maker has taken mat­ters into his own hands af­ter los­ing two high school friends to sui­cide.

Damien Martin (18) is get­ting ready to re­lease part three of his short film Sui­cide Aware­ness on Face­book.

Orig­i­nally posted on his Damo vs the World Face­book page, which has more than 3200 likes, the first video ran for just un­der four min­utes.

But it has notched up more than 27,000 views on Face­book since its re­lease in 2016.

The sec­ond in­stal­ment was re­leased last year and has reached more than 4000 views.

Martin, who lives in Can­ning Vale but grew up in Man­durah, said the tragic deaths of two school friends in­spired him to to tackle the prob­lem.

“When I was in Year 11, I had two friends I played cricket with; one of them was called Phoenix and out of the blue, with no warn­ing signs, he took his life,” he said.

“It af­fected the whole school pretty bad and when his funeral came, this guy called Jake that night took his own life.

“That was a big shake-up to the whole area.”

Martin said he wanted the films to ed­u­cate peo­ple his age about de­pres­sion, sui­cide and warn­ing signs.

“I wanted to spread aware­ness to the younger kids,” he said.

“I’m young my­self; I can’t make one for adults be­cause they go through dif­fer­ent strug­gles, break-ups and I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced that.

“The main thing I wanted to get across was the warn­ing signs; the friends that took their lives, their par­ents said they hadn’t seen warn­ing signs.

“But I thought to my­self there still may have been and my main mes­sage was to be able to recog­nise when some­one is de­pressed or sui­ci­dal.”

Martin said cre­at­ing the film had been a tough or­deal, given the se­ri­ous sub­ject mat­ter, but he had also found it to be en­light­en­ing.

“I learnt a lot more about the is­sue and how easy it is to fall into de­pres­sion and how we can go from be­ing nor­mal, in a sense, to be­ing de­pressed,” he said.

If you or any­one you know is strug­gling with men­tal health is­sues, sup­port is avail­able from Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, Life­line on 131 114, or be­yond­blue on 1300 22 46 36.

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey d478157

Damien Martin has cre­ated three short films to raise aware­ness of sui­cide.

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