Friends’ suicides MOtivate Jeff to raise funds

November 16, 2016

Jeff Asselin (left) with Wayne Davies on the set of Pinch

Jeff Asselin (left) with Wayne Davies on the set of Pinch

Murdoch University media producer Jeff Asselin is going all out in November to raise funds for and awareness of male mental health and suicide prevention after a spate of suicides among his circle of friends.

He has organised a charity screening of his award-winning drama Pinch at Nexus Theatre at Murdoch’s South Street Campus for Friday, 25 November.

And he’s in the process of growing the best biker horseshoe moustache he can muster in aid of the Movember Foundation, which aims to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25 per cent by 2030.

“One of my friends who took his own life was one of the acting stars of Pinch, the very talented and much missed Wayne Davies,” said Jeff, who produced, directed and wrote Pinch, the surprise winner of best feature film in the 2015 West Australian Screen Awards.

“Wayne’s death was out of the blue and illustrated to me that blokes just don’t talk enough. Too many men are toughing it out, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence.

“Stress, depression and anxiety bottle up and eventually explode in a bad way. There are children without fathers this Christmas and we have to start looking out for our bros!”

Jeff is a few weeks into his moustache growing efforts and has already raised more than $500 for the Movember Foundation. To donate, click here.

Tickets to the screening of Pinch cost $18.30 and can be purchased from here.

Doors open at 6.45pm, the screening starts at 7pm and will be followed by drinks at the Kardinya Tavern.

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