Dir. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck • 2010 • USA • 101 mins • Cert 12
Join us during Mental Health Awareness Week for a special screening of It’s Kind of a Funny Story, in partnership with Off The Record and Young People Insight (YPI).
Poignant and life-affirming, this 2010 hit comedy confronts preconceptions about mental health and explores the reality of depression through the eyes of a 16-year-old.
Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) is a clinically depressed teenager facing ongoing pressures from his school, friends and family. After seeking help at his local hospital, Craig is checked into the adult psychiatric ward, since the teenage ward is undergoing renovations. Firstly unconvinced whether to stay, he soon makes friends, especially with adult patient Bobby (Zach Galifianakis) and punky teenager Noelle (Emma Roberts), who will help him to understand himself and cope with his problems.
Our film programme will kick off at 7.30pm with Behind The Locked Door, a short documentary produced by Brent Mind, about mental health in the black community.
Join us after the main feature for a relaxed group discussion about the issues raised in the films, hosted by Off The Record and YPI. Our panel members are:
- Matthew, Wellbeing Navigator at Sutton Uplift
- Chantal, Counsellor at Off The Record
- Esi (Miss Yankey), founder of Poetry Prescribed
£5 tickets available for under 25s.
About our partners:
Off The Record Youth Counselling Croydon was founded in 1994 to provide free, independent and professional counselling for 14-25 year olds in the Croydon area. Since then the charity has expanded to include further areas of work including BME mental health work; a young carers service offering support to young people under 26 who are caring for a parent or sibling; a specialist counselling service for young refugees; online counselling and workshops; and counselling services for young people in the boroughs of Sutton and Merton.
Young People Insight (YPI) was launched in 2015 to empower the voices of young people, aged 16-26, giving them the opportunity to speak out on topics affecting them and share their stories to inspire others. YPI encourages community engagement through writing, poetry and monthly discussion events.