Film Students Ease the Burden

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BUDDING filmmakers from Newcastle College have won a competition that will see their work used to spread awareness of mental health discrimination across the UK.

Winning students, from the college's School of Creative Industries, are working with North East film production house Superkrush and NHS staff to produce their film, Burden, as part of a region-wide campaign to help end mental health stigma.

Time to Change - England's most ambitious programme to end mental health prejudice - ran a competition for advanced TV and media production students from Newcastle College to create a storyboard tackling the issue in a 60-second film.

The students beat off competition from their classmates with Burden, the story of a man losing friends as he tells them he has mental health problems.

The man's burden is symbolised by heavy stones with labels on them that are placed in his backpack by others.

Students were inspired to make their film after watching the Time to Change campaign's challenging promotional Schizo film - a horror movie-style trailer produced to overturn misconceptions that people with schizophrenia are violent. …

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