WE NEED TO TALK: FILM PRO­MOTES BET­TER MEN­TAL HEALTH

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Zoe McKen­zie is 25 and suf­fers a lit­tle known heart con­di­tion. It’s cause? A life­time of anx­i­ety.

Glas­gow-based Zoe re­vealed her story to pro­mote a men­tal health film and na­tional road show to be launched in Dundee on Wed­nes­day. Fool­ish Op­ti­mism fea­tures Zoe and fel­low men­tal health suf­fer­ers An­drew Gib­son, 17, and Chris McDon­ald, 30.

The ini­tia­tive car­ries with it a mes­sage of hope and seeks to in­form a string of men­tal health re­views across the coun­try.

Zoe said: “I had to deal with a very close friend who was de­pressed, sui­ci­dal and self-harmed.

“It had quite a severe im­pact on my men­tal health. I was about 10 or 11. I had a sense of over­whelm­ing doom; some­thing in my mind was telling me we were all go­ing to die and life was just mean­ing­less.”

Zoe sought help and now feels bet­ter. She said: “Just sit­ting down in front of some­one and talk­ing openly can be cathar­tic.”

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