Will Kickstarter Users ‘Take The Reins’ And Fund Film About Facebook User’s Suicide?


TakeTheReins650Australian actress Emma Barrett has turned to Kickstarter in an effort to crowd-fund Take the Reins, a film based on the true story of a woman who took her own life in 2010, posting on Facebook, “Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one,” resulting in ridicule from her friends.

At the time of this post, Take the Reins had raised $ 5,867 of its $ 15,500 goal, and the Kickstarter campaign was set to expire Dec. 31.

Barrett said of her film:

With this (redesigned) campaign, I really hope to inspire people to take those scary risks when it comes to vulnerability. I think one of the biggest mistakes I made in the original campaign was that I’d talk about the value of opening up and exposing vulnerability … yet, for my part, I wasn’t “walking the walk” and opening up to my supporters, the way I was urging them to do.

So I decided to write a farewell statement, standing in the shoes of my film’s main character, Simone, just after she’s finished taking the fatal overdose that will ensure her death. The clock is ticking away the minutes before the drugs fully take hold. I put myself in this place and, from there, I started writing.

It was a very difficult and confronting challenge. I wrote down the words that felt to me, in that moment, the most unreservedly raw and truthful words I could find … not to mention, terrifying to put on paper. And although, mercifully, I’ve never had to endure anything like the rapid, physical deterioration Simone’s body went through, the truth of the letter is very much my own, and these words spoken from my soul.

The Suicide Study Group said in a response to Barrett’s post on its page:

Emma, thank you for your post. That is a first for us at SSG. One of our most important areas of interest is how the Internet, particularly social networking, can influence suicidality — both positively and negatively. Amy Seward will soon be publishing some of her findings in that area, and we have other projects just finishing. We really wish you the best of luck! Simone’s voice deserves to be heard, just as it should have been heard when she was crying for help. Take care Emma, and keep us posted.

Readers: Are you interested in Take the Reins?