Sobriety Films UK is a London based social enterprise that uses film to support and raise awareness of recovery from addiction, mental ill health and trauma. We produce films, run filmmaking workshops and hold special event screenings with Q&A’s. Our staff and volunteers are all lived experience, we champion diversity and inclusion by the democratic use of film.

How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?

SFUK recently joined forces with Rethink Mental Illness, NWLICS, Turning Point & CGL to create the ‘Reframing Recovery Filmmaking Project’ as part of the North West London Suicide Prevention Programme. We are currently working with Professor Zaffer Iqbal from Navigo Health Care CIC Grimsby to produce the first ‘Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality’ (CAMS) Foundation Training Video.

Our support and empowerment of people with addiction, mental ill health and trauma has suicide prevention embedded in our core values and mission. We actively support national and international suicide prevention days and messages on our social media as well as promoting overdose awareness and anti stigma in addiction, mental health and trauma.

What are your current priorities?

Addressing the rise of suicide in vulnerable individuals in our communities and nationally caused by the post Covid lockdown, the cost of living crisis and recession.

What challenges are you currently facing?

Funding is an ongoing challenge we face as a grassroots, lived experience social enterprise which offers a unique and targeted social prescribing model of engagement through the visual arts to specific ‘at risk’ individuals. Those affected by addiction, mental ill health and trauma as a result of social isolation, discrimination, family breakdown and poverty.