The Kyabram Freemasons are hosting a significant event at their Church St lodge on Wednesday evening, focusing on the topic of mental health. The highlight of the evening is a 40-minute documentary titled “This Man’s Worth”. The film, directed and produced by Ash Cottrell, narrates the poignant stories of three men who grappled with depression and loneliness, leading to suicide attempts.
The documentary not only sheds light on the personal experiences of these men but also explores the aftermath of their actions on their families. It raises questions that family members wish they could have asked their loved ones before they took their lives. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the impact of suicide on survivors and those left behind, and a supper.
The initiative to bring the documentary to Kyabram was taken by Anthony Quantrell, a Kyabram-born Freemason. Known as Quanny, he has been a member of the Rosebank Lodge at Beeac, near Colac, and continues to attend meetings there monthly. Quanny first saw the film at a lodge meeting in Geelong two months ago.
Quanny believes that if the film can save even one life, it would be a significant achievement. He has been actively promoting the event, and the response from the community has been overwhelming. Many people have shared their personal experiences with suicide, which has further motivated Quanny to ensure a full house for the screening.
The documentary features three stories, one of which is directly related to a Freemason Foundation member, John Patterson. One of Patterson’s brothers is the subject of the film. Patterson, along with another guest, will share his experiences after the film.
Quanny describes the documentary as very moving and has invited John, also from the Colac region, to attend the Kyabram event. He emphasizes that Freemasonry is committed to community service and helping people. The Kyabram lodge, with over 50 members, regularly supports the Kyabram Community & Learning Centre, children, families, and the wider community.
The event will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 26 at 44 Church St (the Masonic Lodge). Bookings can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/CJLJU. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions after the documentary.