Llanelli mental health charity Links launches film in honour of Sarah Holmes
FRIENDS of a woman who died after falling from a multi-storey car park in Llanelli have dedicated a film they have made to her.
Called 1 in 4, it has been created by members of Llanelli mental health charity Links – where Sarah Holmes had volunteered for two years.
It is aimed at tackling the stigma surround mental health issues.
Ms Holmes died in January.
Links coordinator, Susie Hamill said: "It was dedicated to Sarah, she was part of Links so her family said they were happy for us to do that."
Present at the premiere were Links patrons, BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards and Patrick Mansell-Lewis.
Mrs Hamill explained the message that the film portrays.
She said: "The film is called 1 in 4 and the premise looks at the statistic that one in four people will have a mental health problem in their lifetime.
"It's quite a powerful film, there were people in the auditorium that were very emotional, and they weren't Links members."
The film is designed to eliminate the stigma attached to mental illness and move towards greater a understanding of what it means.
To do this, the film uses papier mache heads overdubbed with voices from Links members telling their real life stories of what it is like to deal with mental illness.
Mrs Hamill said the film includes "stories such as 'I don't know what depression means, but I know how it feels'."
Around 80 people attended the film premiere at Stiwdio Stepni in Llanelli's Ffwrnes theatre.
"It was a very, very good turn out," Mrs Hamill said. "The film was very well received and a lot of people said that their notion of mental health had changed because of it.
"We had a very successful day and we were fortunate to have presence of both our patrons.
"We are pleased that they would do this for us as they have very busy lives yet still have time to support us – it tells you a lot about the men."