This film was commissioned by Devon Partnership NHS Trust to talk to children and adults about the realities of living with a parent with mental ill health. Following the stories of Anya (age 9), Macauley (age 11) and Erin (age 12) these positive and incredible children share their story and advice.
Directed by BAFTA winner Emma Lazenby, produced by ForMed Films CIC in collaboration with Dr Joanne Black and Devon Partnership NHS Trust.
“The film was originally designed to help mental health staff who work with adults to keep in mind the children in their families. It will be used for staff training and to share with families to help other children feel less alone.” (Dr Joanne Black, consultant psychiatrist DPT NHS)
Emma Lazenby has worked in the animation industry for over 20 years (Channel 4, BBC, Aardman and Disney). She made ‘Mother of Many’ in 2009, an animated film celebrating midwifery and childbirth. When this won a BAFTA Emma realised that animated film was the perfect medium to educate people about medical issues. Emma launched ForMed Films in 2015 to make animated films in collaboration with patients, charities and health professionals to help people talk about and understand medical and health issues. Emma also mentors young film makers and is an associate lecturer on BA Digital Animation at Bath Spa University.