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Kamal Ibrahim releases powerful new mental health video

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Described as one of this year’s ‘most powerful mental health awareness videos’ ‘If Only’ has been produced by Ibrahim and released to coincide with World Suicide Awareness Day 2017.

A powerful short film, written, produced and directed by former Mr World, Limerick-man Kamal Ibrahim has been released today.

Kamal Ibrahim

‘If Only’ is the title of the project which has seen Navan-based Psychotherapist Melissa Carroll team up with Ibrahim.

The film follows two characters Luke and Kayla on the day they both decide to end their lives yet despite the dark storyline the film has been described by mental health professionals as “Intelligent, insightful and perceptive” and “a beautifully nuanced short film that captures and evokes the silent spectre of suicidal ideation.”

‘If Only’ includes contributions from singer/songwriter Derek Ellard and composer Ger Fahy who is also known for composing the score of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance; Dangerous Games. The lyrics to the soundtrack of the film were also written by Melissa Carroll.

The film has also received the full support of mental health organizations Aware and Samaritans.

‘If Only’ was produced to continue the raising of awareness of mental health issues in Ireland with an aim to direct the public and those in need of help to organisations who are providing help and support in that area.

The production team also hope, where possible, to raise funds both directly and indirectly for groups and organisations so they may continue to carry out the fantastic work that they do.

Speaking after the launch of the short film, producer & director Kamal Ibrahim said: “We talk about depression and we talk about suicide but this film is really about the power of intervention.

“Depression isn’t a weakness, if fact, these challenges in life that make us depressed ultimately help make us stronger. We must persevere to find our strength in the blackness of our lowest point.”

Kamal spoke publicly about his own experiences with mental health on the Claire Byrne show in 2015 and continues to contribute his time to organizations working in that space.

The film was shot in Navan town where it will be shown again on September 10th as part of a fundraiser for various mental health organizations.

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, to host World Suicide Prevention Day.

Full details on Suicide Ireand services can be found at http://www.suicideireland.com/

WATCH THE SHORT HERE:

If Only

This film is our contribution to the on-going conversation about Mental Health in the lead up to World Suicide Prevention Day.It highlights the importance of intervention for anyone struggling with depression or suicidal ideation.Watch it, share it and let's have the conversation.A huge thank you to Navan based Psycotherapist Melissa Carroll, who started this whole process back in April this year and for her outstanding contributions to the film. Check out Melissa's new vlog channel on mental health here – www.youtube.com/channel/UCygGOrFoz3-Ej60xHbj8WtA#Mentalhealth #suicideprevention #intervention #havetheconversation #Worldsuicidepreventionday

Posted by Reelscreen Films on Thursday, September 7, 2017

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