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Face the day

This short by Paddy Lonergan looks at the importance of minding our mental health. It was highly commended in the 2013 Inspire a Generation film competition.

Face the day transcript:

Voicemail message: Hiya, you’ve reached Dave and Jane. We’re not in at the moment, but just leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.

Hello son, I’m not quite sure what to say. do you remember that young lad who used to live down the street? For years there was a lot of talk that he had problems that you know, little boys shouldn’t have.

There was always that red balloon tied to that old grey pillar, outside his house. Neighbours said it was because any time he got upset or lonely or whatever, he’d look at it and forget all of his troubles.

One day the tie that was holding the balloon to the pillar began to break. He was desperate for the balloon to stay, but one morning when he woke up it was gone.

Without it he felt sad and, and completely alone. But it was only with the balloon gone that he realised the poor condition of the pillar. You see our mental health, it’s a lot like that. It’s the most important pillar that we have.

We all get worn down from time to time, from stress or depression or anxiety or whatever, but instead of repairing the pillar we just tie a balloon to it to distract ourselves from what’s really happening. These balloons don’t help us son, they’re just full of empty promises.

So can yo do me a favour, can you get up, walk outside, feel the breeze on your face and just smile at the first person you see. 


Then come on over here son, because we are all waiting for you.

Check out the other entries

Winner – Catherine O’Brien’s Odd one out

First runner up – Aisling MacNamara’s My story

Second runner up – Michelle Duong’s Embracing a beautiful body

Highly commended – Mary Johnston’s Darkness

Highly commended – Max Byrne’s Pimp my relationship

Highly commended – Paul Butler Lennox’s No quick fixes

Highly commended – Caoilin Rafferty’s My online bubble

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