Netflix donates 25 graveyard benches from After Life as part of a mental health campaign
They’re all ingrained with a quote that says ‘Hope is everything’
If you’ve watched even one episode of After Life on Netflix then you’ll know the importance of the bench in the churchyard which Tony often sits on to reflect on his grief and loss of his wife. Well Netflix recently revealed it has donated 25 benches to local councils around the UK as part of a mental health initiative celebrating the drop of After Life season three.
Reportedly, the benches were commissioned with suicide prevention charity the Campaign Against Living Miserable (Calm) and feature QR codes leading to online resources and a message of support. And you can actually go and sit on them yourself. Here’s a map of where you can find them:
The benches will feature in locations across the UK including Bath, Kent, London, Manchester and Nottingham. The benches are also inscribed with a quote from After Life season three which says: “Hope is everything.”
Ricky Gervais, who plays Tony and also directed the show, said: “We hope the benches will create a lasting legacy for After Life, as well as become a place for people to visit, and we are thrilled to be associated with Calm and the great work they do.” And the Calm chief executive Simon Gunning has said: “Park benches provide opportunities to reflect, talk to someone, sit shoulder to shoulder with someone and get things off your chest. That is why we’re delighted to team up with Netflix to put benches in parks across the country – inscribed with that crucial line from the show, ‘Hope is everything’ – to help people have those conversations and to show it’s normal to have those feelings.”.
If you or someone you know has been affected by the stories told in Netflix’s After Life, please speak to someone or contact Samaritans on 116 123 at any time. You can also contact Anxiety UK on 03444 775 774, Mind on 0300 123 3393, and Calm (Campaign against living miserably) on 0800 58 58 58.
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