Steve Yates was my childhood best friend. He was happy, he was funny, he was normal. He was one of those people you just enjoyed being around. But on the of 27th of May 2014 he took his own life.
He was just one of 16 people who committed suicide that day in the UK. And being male and between 35-55, he was one of the 3 in 4 that does this daily. But he wasn’t a number. He was a father, a son, a brother, a husband. A friend. But from the note he left, he didn’t feel like any of these. He felt lost.
“Steve” is a 45 minute documentary looking at the effect of modern living has on men today. How the pressures of being the perfect father, the perfect husband, who has the perfect job, providing the perfect house and car, is completely unattainable. And how social media and lack of real time with our friends is aiding to men taking their own lives almost hourly.
But this film is about solutions. And how we can stop this increasing epidemic.
We’ll begin by talking Steve’s friends, his family, the people who knew him best, and see if their was any warning signs. Not to assign blame, in fact the complete opposite, for the viewers to be aware of how silent this illness is and maybe what a cry for help really looks like.
We’ll then talk to psychiatrists and psychologists on how and why mental illness and depression is catching men today. How men don’t seem to talk to each other about how they are feeling, and how family pressures and demands take over their personal time so less and less men in Steve’s age group are doing things like exercise or catching up with mates for a beer.
We’ll then talk to charities like CALM, Movember and Mind who are on a mission to help men protect their own mental heath snd campaigns like “U OK M8” by Lad Bible are trying to make mental health more mainstream and maybe how a simple things like just kicking a football around with some mates on a Sunday morning could actually save lives.
So If you're called Steve. Know or love a Steve. Work or live next to a Steve. Or sit opposite one on your daily commute, then you should watch this this film. Because we are all Steve.
To try to to make anyone who is thinking about taking their own life to stop and think again. Because they are loved. They are needed. And they are important.And illnesses can be cured.
Steve loved football. And we used to play every week as kids. I can’t help thinking if we lived closer to each other (or I was in touch more) maybe this wouldn’t have happened. But it has, so this is my attempt to try to stop it happening to someone else’s childhood best friend.
Risks and challenges
Time and money will be the major issues. The funding is just to pay crew/editors. The more I raise the more I'll be able to get right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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