Turning the Tide

Turning the Tide

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January 2004


25min 13sec







Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


Ben Jones, Commedia Millennium Awards, Department for Communities, ITV, Northern Visions, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

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A film by Ben Jones highlighting the concerning rate of teen suicide in Ballynahinch. 

Described as a "good place to grow up" as it has a community which young people can appreciate, what it lacks, is any real facilities for young people. This lack of purpose compounds with low self-esteem and self worth, says Pat McGreevy. Another issue is that though there are few recreational activities for the youth of the town, it does have thirteen pubs which means many of the teens drink underage. 

However, Marisine Stansfield (Presbyterian Minister), finds that in most cases, drugs and alcohol don't play a big part in the matter, but that many of the youth she has worked with lack involvement in a faith community, or have troubled inter-personal relationships. This is where charities like 'The Edge', have really benefitted people's lives, as it gives young people a place to go and somewhere they can socialise free of pressure. 

The programme speaks to various teens who have found their mental health suffering in the past and how they have moved past it.

Shot List

A Film by Ben Jones

This Film was made with the support of Northern Visions and the Commedia Millennium Awards, administered by the Community Media Association.

Thanks to: The ‘Edge’ Centre, Ballynahinch Baptist, Down Health Trust, S.E.E.L.B, The Community of Ballynahinch and all those who contributed to the making of this film.

Produced, Directed and Edited by Ben Jones

Camera: Dean Hagan

Sound: Simon Wood  

Music by Boards of Canada ‘Oirectine’ used by kind permission of Warp Records 1995






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