I want to share this notice about a charity film screening hosted by the Blue Mountains Safe Space for Suicide Prevention, which is opening a crisis drop-in space in Katoomba staffed by trained volunteers and raising awareness about suicide. The film is titled Solstice and is a very moving Australian documentary about a family and their experiences after their daughter died by suicide. I have included more information about the film’s story below. The event details are:

Date: Sunday, 26 November 2023

Time: From 7 pm screening starts at 7.30 pm (59 minutes), followed by a Q&A with safe space volunteers and guests from other local services.

Venue: Glenbrook Cinema, Cnr Ross St & Great Western Highway, Glenbrook

Ticket price: $20 (light refreshments provided)

Bookings: https://www.glenbrookcinema.com.au/online-booking/?session_id=54076 OR call 02 4739 0003
About the film:

When 15-year-old Mary Baker died by suicide, her parents embarked on a journey to shine a light on the darkest night of their lives. ‘Solstice’ is a hopeful, determined, optimistic story of change that can emerge from a heartbreaking tragedy. Beginning with the level of Mary’s parents, Annette and Stuart Baker, the film expands out to journey through Australia and across the globe, documenting the stories of those who are daily on the frontline in the battle for better mental health care – the survivors of suicide. This film bravely steps into the gaping hole left when a person dies by suicide to begin conversations, unite communities and ignite positive change.

About the safe space:

The Blue Mountains Safe Space for Suicide Prevention Inc. is a registered charity providing an evening walk-in site in Katoomba designed to help people experiencing suicidal crisis. Guests will be welcomed and met with face-to-face, non-clinical support from trained volunteers who have their own lived experience of suicide. It is a place where guests can reduce their emotional pain and distress to keep themselves safe in their chosen ways, living through those moments alongside the comforting support of others who listen, respond, and care.

We are seeking volunteers to join so the space can open this year and encourage registering interest via our membership form. We ask the community to please consider assisting with the promotion of our cause or financially with a donation on the night.

Date: Sun 26 November 2023

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: 02 4708 8145