Danny Dyer will star in a short film directed by a 17-year-old to raise funds for mental health charities.
Called Springboard, The 30-minute film is written, directed and produced by first director Noah Caplan, who was inspired to start working on the project when his younger sister suffered a life-threatening accident.
The production ended on the film which follows four characters from different backgrounds suffering from issues such as domestic violence, alcoholism and anxiety.
Next to EastEnders actor Dyer, the film also stars Caplan, David “Sideman” Whitely and Georgia Moncur, while Cush Berlyn plays the role of a mental health counselor.
Springboard is described as a project to “break down the negative stigma surrounding mental health and raise awareness of such a prevalent problem in the world”. It is also meant to emphasize how the first step in getting help is to talk to someone.
It is slated for release in early 2022 and was created to support the Calm meditation mobile app and other mental health charities.
On the importance of sensitive and timely mental health care, Dyer said, “The power of this thing (the mind) is a crazy old thing, so we have to deal with it.”
Speaking about Caplan, he added, “I was very, very impressed. Barely 17 years old. The fact that he put his shit together like he did and put it all together is pretty amazing.
Caplan said, “It has been an absolute honor to work on this film with Danny Dyer and this fantastic crew.
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“This is an exciting project that I have been working on since my sister got involved and survived a tragic accident and I have seen the effect it has had on me and everyone around me.
The young filmmaker added, “As a family, mental health has always been an open discussion, and I want to help bring that conversation to many other homes and friendship groups.”
“I’m so grateful that this experience has led me to give back to the world, through the power of film.”
If you experience feelings of distress and isolation, or if you have difficulty coping, The Samaritans offer support; you can talk to someone free over the phone, in confidence, at 116 123 (UK & ROI), email [email protected], or visit the Samaritans website to find the details of your nearest branch.
If you are based in the United States and you or someone you know needs mental health assistance right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800- 273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free and confidential emergency line accessible to everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are in another country, you can go to www.befrienders.org to find a hotline near you.