The Other Side is a short film that sensitively deals with the raw pain of losing a child to suicide and the strength it takes to move beyond that, to the other side, and to build something positive out of the grief.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for under 35s in the UK. It's an alarming fact that's still not talked about enough. In December 2018, Andy Airey received a call that forced him to confront the reality of young suicide. His daughter Sophie had sent messages that suggested she wanted to end her life and she had since gone missing. Awaiting news a few days later, his worst fears were confirmed; Sophie's body had been found.
Shot in the Lake District fells, a place both he and his daughter loved and somewhere he now finds solace, the film features Andy talking about memories of Sophie, about the tragic circumstances of her death, and detailing his inspiring decision to take her place in the Northumberland Half Marathon shortly after she died in order to raise money for PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide, a national charity.
Produced by Mammut in association with Andy and PAPYRUS, The Other Side aims to build awareness of PAPYRUS and in particular their HOPELINEUK service, a helpline that provides confidential support and advice via telephone, text and email to young people with suicidal thoughts and to anyone worried about a young person who may have suicidal thoughts. HOPELINEUK is available to call on 0800 068 4141, to text via 07860 039967, or to email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Open 365 days a year, it takes 100s of calls, texts and emails every day from all over the country. Find out more about PAPYRUS, the services they offer, and how to support them on their website, www.papyrus-uk.org.