Charity releases animation to promote hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

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by Stephen Chapman

Warrington charity, Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide has commissioned an animation to promote a message of hope on World Suicide Day.

The short film has been created by the BAFTA-winning Blue Zoo Animation Studio.

“This remarkable animation captures the overwhelming struggle of a young person who is literally sinking below the surface, weighed down, unable to function normally, incapable of keeping up and close to giving up on life,” explained Ged Flynn, Chief Executive of PAPYRUS.

“Sadly, in real life that’s exactly what many young people are experiencing right now. They feel sad, isolated, worthless, bewildered, in emotional turmoil with seemingly no way out.

“The film challenges me to reach-in when a young person might be distressed, ask how they are, to really hear them, to offer help and to assist life itself.”  



It has been designed to encourage more people to spot the signs and to guide young people away from thoughts of suicide.

 More than 60 artists volunteered to help on the animation project which took four months to complete.

The Blue Zoo choir remotely recorded ‘True Colours’ to accompany the film.

“Working with PAPYRUS and Blue Zoo on Sinking Feeling was an uplifting and enriching experience, especially in the midst of lockdown. The film's message is one that is close to my heart and I'm proud to be part of something that could save lives,” added Director, Mark Spokes.

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