How can you make a difference?
Share My Videos With Your Friends
Not for me – but because someone you know, love or care for may need you, but be too afraid to ask for your help. Depression can make you feel (or feel like you want to be) invisible. We’re hiding, we’re trying, and we’re barely surviving – and we need to know we’re not alone.
By sharing my videos, you are helping me connect with those who desperately need a connection. The author Johann Hari named his best-selling book about depression ‘Lost Connections,’ because that’s what depression does – it isolates you. Every new connection brings new hope, and who knows? Sharing my story might be the thing that leads someone to ask for help or even saves their life. You could create that connection, just by clicking ‘share.’
Where does your support go?
I didn’t go to film school (I could never have afforded it.) I didn’t shoot this series with a full film crew and the latest and greatest in professional equipment. I did it (and funded it) all by myself – the writing, directing, producing and editing was all me, and I had to learn how to do it all from scratch. I also did 99% of the filming – the closest I’ve ever had to a ‘film crew’ was when my brother agreed to hold the camera now and then.
I work part-time as a DJ, and I make less than minimum wage. Whatever I have left to spare (which isn’t much) goes into this project. I wanted to make videos about the challenges I face with my depression while also caring for my mother, who has paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I wanted to be completely open, even when it hurt, because I was tired of hiding in shame and suffering alone.
And I’ll be honest: I wanted revenge on depression. I wanted to connect with people again, to inspire, educate and provide hope for those who need it. I wanted to show the reality of how mental illness has affected my life and how it’s affected the people closest to me, a reality you don’t see anywhere on everyone else’s picture-perfect social media accounts.
I wanted to tell the truth.
By donating to me and this project, you’re helping me get ‘Where’s Jonny?’ seen in more places, and connecting more people to its message of hope, even in our darkest moments. You’re helping me bring awareness to the toll that depression and mental illness take on Australians of all ages and all backgrounds. You’re saying that telling the truth matters and that my truth matters.
This project has given meaning to my suffering, and hope for me that it wasn’t all for nothing; that now I have a story to tell that will help other people to open up and get the help they need.
By supporting me with a donation, you’re saying you believe my story can help other people too. Whether you can spare $5 or $500, your support says you believe all my work creating this project is worth something, and that means more than I can ever express to you.
Right now, any support I receive will go to promoting ‘Where’s Jonny?’ and helping me reach as many people as possible with the series. If I’m fortunate enough to get more help than I need right now, your donations will go towards the next story I hope to tell through film.
I’d like to help but I’m broke right now…
I would appreciate any help you have to offer in promoting ‘Where’s Jonny?’
Can you share the series link on your social media? Or just talk to people you know about it?
If you have a blog, could you spare the time to write a review?
If you know anyone who works in the media, could you let them know about my story?
Please don’t break any laws, but can you write #wheresjonny somewhere where someone might see it and google what it means?
If you have any great ideas I haven’t thought of (film promotion is even newer to me than filmmaking!), please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any support is a little beam of light in the darkness – thank you for helping me make my dream a reality.