Virtual event Layar Perak aims to promote awareness of mental health through 5 films


'Palsy' is one of the five films that will be showcased at the virtual event Layar Perak. Photo: Nyawa

Mental health issues have become more prevalent of late.

From data collected in the United States, it cites that 40% of adults have experienced a mental or behaviour health condition during the pandemic.

To promote awareness of mental health, a virtual film screening will be held on Sept 25, at 8.30pm, via YouTube channel.

Layer Perak: Let There Be Light – organised by Mental Health Aid Association (Nyawa) – also targets to raise funds to be channelled to Befrienders, an organisation that provides emotional support to people who are lonely, in distress, in despair, or are having suicidal thoughts.

Five short films will be made available from five directors, exploring mental health themes.

Nyawa stated on its website: “Through five carefully curated short films, Layar Perak aims to explore the theme of mental health, primarily of suicide and depression.

“These stories aim to give a better understanding of the cause and effects of mental illness.”

The shortest film on the list is one-minute project titled If I Can’t See The Sun, Maybe I Should Go. Directed by Feisal Azizuddin, it focuses on a man who is experiencing deteriorating mental health caused by lack of physical social interaction.

Meanwhile, Palsy – which runs for 14 minutes – looks at an architect with sleep paralysis. He ends up being confused between what is real and what is not.

For more information on Layar Perak: Let There Be Light go to twitter or Instagram with social handle @nyawa_org

Those suffering from mental health issues or contemplating suicide can reach out to the following organisations:

- Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service (03-2935 9935/ 014-322 3392)

- Talian Kasih (15999/ 019-261 5999 on WhatsApp)

- Jakim’s (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) family, social and community care centre (0111-959 8214 on WhatsApp)

- Befrienders Kuala Lumpur (03-7627 2929 or go to befrienders.org.my/centre-in-malaysia for a full list of numbers nationwide and operating hours, or email sam@befrienders.org.my).

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