Suicide is not funny. It devastates family and friends and is a thief which robs us of our loved ones. But film is not real life. It is a tool through which we tell stories, a way for filmmakers to examine issues and situations, and a way for audiences to experience any number of things in (physical) safety.
Laughter can aid in the healing and processing of painful events. But clearly, the way suicide is shown and discussed can hurt as much as it can heal. And, although filmmakers are under no obligation to show suicide in a certain way, the potential impact of their films means that they carry responsibility. Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month: Suicide in Comedy