STEPPING STONE. When a young counsellor (played by Cush Berlyn from Amazon Prime series, ‘Trust’ ) opens his office door to 4 new clients, bedlam occurs as he attempts to be their ‘Stepping Stone’ in the right direction to receiving the treatment they need. Each character stems from different walks of life and sits apart on the mental health spectrum.
For our campaign’s titular character, Dom (played by British Film & TV icon, Danny Dyer) Counsellor has a professional approach to attempt to get him to open up about his mental illness, something Dom rejects having been affected by the negative stigmas surrounding men’s mental illness with ideas of inferiority or weakness.
On the opposite side of the spectrum sits Troy (played by viral comedian, David Whitely, also known as SidemanAllDay). While Troy may not suffer with mental illness, Troy suffers from a lack of people to talk to about his daily struggles. He confides in Counsellor, viewing him as the friend he wishes he had.
Young teen, Jade (played by teenager, Georgia Moncur) suffers from an anxiety disorder. Having been forced into therapy on the terms of her school placement, she remains hesitant to engage, but brick by brick, Counsellor breaks down her wall to get to the epicentre of her anxiety and find the best solution for it.
For the nirvana-loving grunge-kid, Kayden (played by the filmmaker behind Stepping Stone, Noah Caplan), his problem is situational. Having been lost in translation in the foster care system, Kayden has long given up hope of a happy family home. That is until he meets Counsellor.
Each character’s individual journey to seek help starts with the first all-important, pivotal step – speaking to someone. The film plans to address and provide support for people going through mentally challenging times. Furthermore, it wants to normalise conversations regarding mental well-being within male friendship groups as a prevention method for mental illness.