I need to raise an initial fund to get the film up and running. Primarily I'm missing some key pieces of equipment, and that's where I need your help with this crowdfunder! You’ve probably seen films about self-harm before. This one will be different. Led by a GP who spent 5 years of her teenage life struggling to overcome both the condition and the stigma attached to it, Dr Louise Randall believes we are on the precipice of an epidemic of self-harm among our teenage population.
Nearly 19,000 children received hospital treatment for self-harm in 2015, a 14% increase since 2012 according to NSPCC. The number of girls treated as hospital inpatients after cutting themselves has almost quadrupled over ten years, from 600 to 2,311 – a 285% increase. School nurses have told us they are “drowning in self harm … under-the-radar cutting clubs are becoming common place in our secondary schools.”
Dr Randall recently launched her project, GR;T (Growing Resilience in Teens) in the face of what she describes as an epidemic of self-harm brought about by teenager's exposure to social media. And I intend to follow and film the project and use the film as an educational tool distributing it to educational and health facilities nationwide, as well as touring the film to as wide an audience as possible.
To do this we need some equipment pretty quickly, the project is happening right now!
The equipment will be not just be used to actually make the film but the young people who take part in GR;T will also be able to gain skills using the production equipment as part of the GR;T project. The equipment we hope to purchase with some of these funds will both help me make the film and enable the teens who take part in GR;T to tell their own stories. Film making skills are not only creative way to channel energy but also help give a voice and create an opportunity to tell stories.
This crowdfunder will enable us to make the film the GR;T project deserves and put us in a much stronger position to apply for other funding sources. This is a story that needs to be told, and its happening right now, it is a film that needs to be made and with your help it will be possible.
Thank you so much.
Jodie (& Dr Louise and the GR;T Team!)