Stevenage woman’s bid to dispel mental illness myths

Türkân Ahmet is producing a short film to dispel the myths about mental illness

Türkân Ahmet is producing a short film to dispel the myths about mental illness - Credit: Archant

A WOMAN is releasing a film in a bid to dispel myths about mental illness.

Türkân Ahmet, who lives in Stevenage, has decided to produce a short film to raise money and awareness for mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Türkân has assembled a small cast and production team for the filming, which will take place in the town on September 21-22.

About her reasons for making the film, she said: “A friend of mine has suffered serious depression and self harmed, and although the film is not directly linked to this, I hope that it will represent mental illness as a whole.

“I hope to reach every kind of person by putting the film onto the internet and help reduce the taboo associated with mental illness. The fact that the film’s central character is a young woman called Holly in her early 20s will aim to dispel the myths and associations that mental illness only features a certain ‘type’ of person.”

Türkân is looking for a florist in the area to provide flowers for one of the scenes, as well as a catering company to provide food for up to eight people.

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