Talking to the cast about their lives and how they deal with pressures.

'Making of' clip (2) from NAEdrama, North and East Glasgow’s community film project

North and East Glasgow Suicide Prevention Partnership have been working together to innovate in suicide prevention, creating new learning that can be shared nationally.

Positive Mental Attitudes (PMA), part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, led the development of a film called 'It's OK to Ask' with the support of Glasgow City Council and the Choose Life National Programme at NHS Health Scotland, as part of a wider project called ‘NAEdrama’; this project provided opportunities for young people to be involved in creating the film, including helping to develop its content and getting involved in film making through the production of a ‘making of’ documentary. You can see the content development workshops and the ‘Making the video’ footage at the NAEdrama You Tube channel.

'It's OK to Ask' and the associated material aims to encourage young people aged 16-19 to seek help early at times of crisis, and to improve their likelihood to support each other when things are difficult. It has been developed by young people from North and East Glasgow but is of relevance to young people nationally.

The film acknowledges that young people experience a wide range of stressors which impact on their mental health. The key messages of the film are that young people are not alone when experiencing distress, it’s normal to sometimes feel this way and that help is there if they need it. It lets them know how they might be able to help themselves and their friends get through difficult times in their lives, and contains information about sources of support.

Other partners who have supported this project include Glasgow East Arts Company, Lifelink, Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre and Breathing Space.
The film and film-making project were delivered by Diversity Films (by filmmakers Abigail Howkins and Basharat Khan). For more information on their work visit

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