A SHORT film designed to tackle youth suicide will be launched in Bendigo on Wednesday.
The 15-minute film, These Days, is paired with an education kit and explores the impact of youth suicide on friends, family and a school community.
The project is the brain-child of national educational resource company VEA and is being launched as part of Mental Health Week.
VEA project manager Che Stevenson said the film was designed to help facilitate discussion about youth suicide between students and teachers.
"We have a lot of contact with teachers and people who work within schools and they've been telling us that we need to start opening up that conversation about youth suicide, as a good first step to ensuing that people seek help if they need it," Mr Stevenson said.
"That's a real change in the way to handle such a sensitive issue as previously it was believed that it was better to keep quiet about it and not talk about it for fear of sparking more suicides.
"But attitudes have changed and the approaches to mental health are changing over time ... so we've created a short film that's a short story about some young people and their families that are dealing with the impact of a suicide of a friend."
The film will premiere to a class of Bendigo Senior Secondary College on Wednesday morning.
A second screening for community, education and business leaders will be held on Wednesday at 5.30pm at the All Seasons Hotel.
For more information visit www.vea.com.au.