05 February 2014
Mental health meets movies at Callington Road
Gareth Sharman - AWP's Involvement Manager and a military
veteran - will be hosting a screening of Katherine Bigelow's
acclaimed film,The Hurt Locker at Bristol's
Callington Road Hospital on 11 February. Gareth will use his own
experiences to engage the audience in a post-viewing discussion of
some of the issues that the film raises.
While The Hurt Locker is predominantly seen as an
exploration of the work of bomb
disposal teams in conflict hot-spots such as Iraq, Gareth will
concentrate on the mental health issues that service personnel
Gareth - who has also worked as part of AWP's South West Veterans' Mental
Health Service - is in a strong position to talk about these
areas, as he explains: "The combination of working with the
army's drug and alcohol awareness team for about four years before
I joined AWP, along with my own experiences, gives me quite a
unique insight and it's very gratifying to be able use that
experience," says Gareth.
The film is free to staff, service users and anyone with an
interest in mental health issues, and is the latest to be shown in
a regular agenda for the Callington Film Club.
The Club was set up to promote conversations about all aspects of
mental health and previous movie nights have featured diverse films
such as The Fisher King, Birdy
and the more recent and acclaimed Shame.
"We've run the film club for three years now, and it's a great
way of learning more about mental health issues from those with
personal or professional experience," says Learning Resources
manager, John Loy
"It's not uncommon for films to be a little selective in how
they put things on screen - A Beautiful Mind is a
good example, as while it's a powerful film, it will happily leave
the facts behind for dramatic effect. At the film club people can
ask an expert, 'Would that really happen?' and be part of
learning more about how things are more likely to be in the real
Gareth hopes that the screening of The Hurt
Locker will be thought-provoking and popular: "If
you want to know a little bit more about what makes things go
"bang" and how that can unsettle people a bit, come along, see the
film and ask me some questions!"
The Hurt Locker is being shown at 6pm on
Tuesday 11 February. Please go to the main Woodside Reception at
Callington Road hospital, Marmalade Lane, Brislington, where you
will be asked to sign in as a visitor.