Your story can save lives

We’re looking for women and men willing to share their stories about despair and hope with the theatre and film director Jeremy Weller.

Jeremy Weller at work

Weller specialises in work with untrained actors to tell their real stories. Now he’s collaborating with Talk for Health.

If you have a story of personal crisis, we’d like to hear from you.

In the first week of July, Jeremy will lead a 5-day workshop with you to explore suicide and suicide prevention – and create a performance on that theme for World Mental Health Day.

This is a truly exceptional opportunity.

  • BBC Radio described Weller as a world leader in “social inclusion art”
  • Palme d’Or-winning screenwriter Paul Laverty doubted there could be a “more spellbounding moment” in the entire Edinburgh Festival after watching a Weller show
  • Movie director Lars von Trier said he had “never seen performances like it”
Untrained actors performing in a previous Weller production

If you have attempted, or even “just” contemplated, suicide and you are willing to share your experience, we want to hear from you.

This workshop will lead to a public storytelling / performance with an audience of 100 on the evening of World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019.

NOTE: This is an artistic project, not a therapeutic intervention for people who need help now. To participate, you must be willing for your participation in the workshop to be filmed.

We’re looking for 15 people altogether, so please don’t take too long thinking about it – we’d hate you to be disappointed.

We’ll send out more details shortly. To be sure you don’t miss them, please add our email to your address book.

  1. Yes I’m interested in taking in the 5 day workshop and performance and yes I have several stories to share. Thank you

    • Thank you Jane.
      More details shortly…

  2. Hello, would like to participate in the 5 day workshop and performance.

  3. Hello, I would like to share my personal story, take part in the 5 day workshop and performance. Thanks,

  4. Hello, I will be happy to share my personal story, take part in the 5 day workshop and performance.
    Thanks, Sofia

  5. Hello,
    I would like to take part in the 5 day workshop and performance and share my story.

  6. I’d be very interested to take part. What a great idea! Thanks x

  7. I would be very interested to take part in this, thanks.

  8. Hello, I am interested in taking part. Thank you

  9. Hello, I would like to take part of this. Many thanks. Susanna

  10. I would like to share my story if it will help anyone in thier recovery.

  11. I would be interested in sharing my story through performance, although I feel a little anxious about expressing it in front of a group of 100 strangers

    • Hi Dean

      It’s Nicky here, just reading the comments. You would be very much in control of what gets shared on 10 October. I have spoken with Jeremy about this and he says people might choose to create a joint story, without personalising it, or indeed choose any number of ways of communicating with the audience. So in essence – no obligation at all to tell your own personal stuff in front of an audience if you don’t wnat to. Do email me directly if you want to chat further or want me to pass any questions on to Jeremy.

      Bw, Nicky

  12. I am very interested. I suffered a mini breakdown in 1997 and weaned myself off anti depressants in 2018. I am also a pro actress and have left a link to my CV.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Rona Topaz

  13. HI will there be A reward and reginson to tell your story

    • I don’t absolutely understand – sorry. I think the reward is being part of it!

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