“I started writing [41 Seconds] two years ago,” Mary says. “I got out my brother’s diary; it was quite painful to re-read after all these years. I portrayed my journal at the time as well, so the play is written from the perspective of what my brother was going through just before he took his life and also how it felt to be left behind from my perspective.
“From that, it’s gone from about three or four characters to 15. It sounds like a lot, but we have monologues interspersed in between the scenes. It’s a complicated yet poignant version of what actually happens after someone takes their life.”
Talk Out Loud recently moved into a space of its own, which means the programmes and services they can offer are able to grow and develop.
“We’re based at Modbury in Tea Tree Plaza at the moment. We were fortunate enough to secure a space last August. We work with volunteers aged 14 to 30; some of them are ex-students, and once we’ve established some of the programmes, in particular our camps, we will acquire a lot of new volunteers that way. Psychologists are also starting to refer young people to us,” Mary says.
“I just want people to talk about it,” she says. “I suppose that’s it; simply put: just talk about it. Talk about how you’re feeling. If you are having suicidal thoughts, you need to get some help. Don’t think that you’re out there all alone. And that’s what I think a lot of people realise after they get in touch with us. You’d think with social media that it would be connecting us more but I think it’s actually doing quite the opposite. So, yeah, just talk about what you’re feeling, seek help, and know that you can get better. It’s not a permanent situation.”
41 Seconds is playing at the Theatre and Golden Grove Arts Centre and Bakehouse Theatre. Grab your tickets HERE.