Monsters in the closet
This film by young film maker Dannielle O’Connell was the winner of the Inspire a Generation Film Competition. In the film three young people talk about their tough times and about what helped them get through.
Read about Dannielle’s inspiration to make this film.
Monsters in the closet transcript:
It’s quite difficult, because you’re afraid people will continually look at you differently. So you think, that from here on in, that person is going to see me as the person who was depressed or had a problem.
I had loads of bad thoughts and I hated them. I wanted to kill myself, if I spoke to them about my feelings they’d think I’m an attention seeker or something like that.
Sad and lonely
Depression is being sad and lonely, and just having no one to talk to. I just sit there in the corner and don’t talk to anyone. Because I don’t feel like anyone will understand. Nobody wants to be my friend because of what I look like.
How Niamh got through
As soon as you say something out loud, it clears up immediately in your mind.
How Sean got through
Before I spoke to people, I felt like there was a ton of bricks on my shoulders. After, it felt loose, like I just got a message or something.
How Hannah got through
Then, I started telling people and it m
ade me feel better, instead of bottling it all up. And, having all that weight on my shoulders taken off.
Check out the other entries:
First runner up – Dara McLoughlin’s Our mental health
Second runner up – Stephen Power’s Unfold
Highly commended – Beibhinn Delaney’s Self portrait
Highly commended – Karen Murphy’s A problem shared
Highly commended – Carmel Sayers’s My List
Highly commended – Colum O’Dwyer and Ela Gas’s Your life is your life