I’ve been asked to share with you a brief insight into the recent film about me that went live last Friday (8th October). The process started almost three years ago when we were initially contacted by a casting agent in New York.
It was all very cloak and dagger, and Nicola and I both signed NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) to ensure we wouldn’t spill the beans!
After many virtual meetings and delays, we were given a filming date, told when the crew would arrive and what the shoot would involve. UK Men’s Sheds Association were invited to be involved and made plans for part of the filming to take place at the Swanwick Shed.
My hope is that the film will highlight a few key areas and raise more awareness around mental health
It all tied in beautifully as the film was scheduled to be released for World Mental Health Day.
The crew followed Nicola and I (and, of course, Bamber) around for 10 days and, hopefully, gave the audience a glimpse into our world.
UK Men’s Sheds Association plays a vital role in the film and in real life
This included the trip to the Swanwick Shed and some filming of me talking about my own struggles with mental health, and, in particular, anxiety.
We were very proud to be asked to be involved in such an important project. It was a magical experience, the crew were all amazing, and we made many new friends with whom we are still in touch.
My hope is that the film will highlight a few key areas and raise more awareness around mental health. My own personal story is one of hope and, ultimately, living a happy and productive life even after some pretty extreme events.
I found help and support when I needed it most. I accessed some services that helped me come through the other side, such as the RNIB’s bereavement counselling service, and social services rehab and sensory team support.
UK Men’s Sheds Association plays a vital role in the film and in real life. It continues to do amazing work in our own communities. Long may it continue to grow and provide a safe and happy place for its members.
Thank you and keep on turning!
Chris Fisher RPT