Murdoch University helping support mental health services at a pinch


Glen Richardson, Luke Matthews, Jeff Asselin and Wayne Davies on the set of Pinch.
Glen Richardson, Luke Matthews, Jeff Asselin and Wayne Davies on the set of Pinch.

A SPATE of suicides among his circle of friends prompted Murdoch University media producer Jeff Asselin to support mental health services.

He is growing a biker horseshoe moustache for the Movember Foundation, which aims to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25 per cent by 2030.

Sporting his mo, he will host a charity screening of his award-winning drama Pinch at Nexus Theatre at the Murdoch campus on Friday, November 25.

“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 Asselin, who produced, directed and wrote the film.

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Pinch was an unexpected winner of the 2015 West Australian Screen Awards’ best feature film.

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

Tickets to the screening are $18.30 from www.trybooking.com.

Doors open 6.45pm for a 7pm start and will be followed by drinks at the Kardinya Tavern.

For crisis support and suicide prevention services, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.