A soap fan saved by a Hollyoaks storyline is having a film made about their life (Image: John Junior)
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A soap fan who says Hollyoaks with saved their life is having a film made about their story.
Mental health activist John Junior was struggling in lockdown last year when a powerful storyline about depression and suicide on the Channel Four show brought them back from the brink.
In June 2020 John, who is gender fluid and uses they and them pronouns, felt suffocated, trapped and petrified of going outside because of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) during the Covid-19 pandemic.
They felt like they had no outlet and had nowhere to turn.
]But while watching an episode of Hollyoaks about friends Kyle Kelly and Darren Osborn, who were both suffering from depression, it stopped John in their tracks.
A soap fan saved from suicide by Hollyoaks is having a film made about their life
John was planning to take their own life but rang the Samaritans for help after watching Kyle's loved-ones in the aftermath of his suicide.
It will now be told in a feature-length film through the lead character Harrison Evans and John will direct the project.
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John, who last month filmed an upcoming documentary for Channel Four about their suicidal thoughts, said: "The film about Harrison and his mental health will be based on the true story of my life and the storyline that saved my life.
"I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for that Hollyoaks storyline and I want to help save lives with this film."
Chloe Richardson and John Junior
(Image: John Junior)
'The Mood Is Temporary' is in pre production, Harrison/John will be played by actor Sir Marco Robinson who is executive producer.
They have known each other for two years after meeting through social media.
Sir Marco, the creator, producer and star of the Netflix film Legacy of Lies, told the Manchester Evening News: “John has a great gift where they can reach the biggest people while still remaining humble. Every day they live is another life they have saved.”
Producer Chloe Richardson, who lost her brother to suicide in 2019, it is a project close to her heart.
The film will be produced by Chloe Richardson
(Image: John Junior)
A Kickstarter project has been launched to include people in the making of the film, funded by investment and campaigning.
John was diagnosed with Klinefelters Syndrome (KS) at the age of 11, a genetic condition that affects boys and men.
Born with an extra X female chromosome, John wanted a gender reassignment after feeling they were living in the wrong body at a young age, but due to complications didn't continue.
Since being diagnosed with KS John put the way they were feeling down to the condition.
But in August 2019, they were diagnosed with Emotional Unstable Personality Disorder or Borderline Personality Disorder and were able to work on getting the support they needed.
John teamed up with mental health charities including the Samaritans, MIND, and Papyrus, to educate, raises awareness, break stigma and to prevent suicide.
The film is about the life of John Junior
(Image: John Junior)
In November 2019, they then created a movement called John and Charlie’s Journey with their toy duck called Charlie, who offers John comfort from past trauma and anxieties.
In September John set up a nationwide campaign called DBT For All, calling for Dialectical Behaviour Therapy more widely available for everyone on the NHS.
MP for Tatton Esther McVey is supporting the campaign and has applied for the matter to be discussed in Westminster.
The Samaritans is available 24/7 if you need to talk. You can contact them for free by calling 116 123, email [email protected] or head to the website to find your nearest branch. You matter.