Hold Me Close

There was concern in our region (South West Sydney) about self harm and suicide in the under 30's. Lifeline, a charity organisation, runs a 24/7 help line and wanted something that could open the door to communication with younger people.  The NSW Government helped fund the project after a submission from Jackie Moore at Lifeline and local radio announcer Patrick McGeown. The project gained a lot of support from younger people all keen to be part of it. Some of the people in the film had experienced mental health issues but their identity is not revealed. The song was written and perfromed by a local person Fred Day with back up from Olivia McCarthy and the Campbelltown Performing Arts School Choir. Fred has also been a finalist on X-Factor. The magic of this project is that it involved the help of so many young people. DVDs were also produced and the song gained support from local media. 

The film was shot in the old Oran Park House. Freds searching through the house is a metaphor for someone searching in their mind for an answer. An answer that never comes. 

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Suicidality can be experienced by anyone, and it could be part of mental illness diagnosis or not. Approximately 90% of individuals who die by suicide...


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