A hard-hitting film documenting the need for a detox crisis centre is to be screened at the Brunswick Moviebowl this Thursday night at 6.30pm.
There will be a short conversation with the film maker Gavin Patton and event organisers prior to the viewing of the documentary, which is entitled ‘Derry Detoxed’.
Speaking to the Derry Journal, Independent Derry-Strabane Councillor Dee Quigley, who has been at the helm of the campaign for the White Oaks facility on the Muff side of the border to become a statutory cross-border facility, said of the new film:
“This film is none like I’ve seen before. It’s honest, gritty and hard hitting.
“I welcome the film’s ‘warts and all’ approach and feel it’s about time Derry had the conversation with itself about how extreme these issues are in our community and the devastating impact they can have on families, individuals and communities.”
Colr. Quigley added: “This viewing is going to be a ‘game changer’ in how to raise awareness of the issues we are faced with in this town.”
This film is none like I’ve seen before. It’s honest, gritty and hard hitting.Councillor Dee Quigley
Tickets on sale now at the Brunswick Moviebowl Box Office and all proceeds will be going to charity.
The ‘Derry Detoxed’ film was launched at the weekend at the Moviebowl, with Colr. Quigley joined by other detox campaigners Monica McClements and Majella McDaid, along with Dee Robson, UNITE Community Membership ‘Sports Against Suicide’, the film-maker Mr Patton and Patrick Simpson from Brunswick Superbowl in attendance.
Last month, Colr. Quigley heaped criticism on the response of governments north and south to the campaign for White Oaks to be used as a publicly funded cross-border detox facility.
Colr Quigley said the two governments appeared to be “hanging us out to dry” by not taking action despite a succession of tragedies and the prevalence of addiction problems in Derry and the wider north west are.
“It is a double slap in the face,” he said. “A slap in the face from the politicians in the north and a slap in the face from the politicians in the south. ”
Over 60,000 people have signed a paper and online petition calling for a detox centre. The petition was handed over to the Department of Health last year.
The campaign snowballed following the death of Colr. Quigley’s nephew Andrew (19), which has been followed by a succession of other tragedies.
Andrew Quigley from Galliagh had battled with addiction problems before dying by suicide in January 2014.
In the trailer for the new film, his mother Colette speaks of how the family had faced an uphill struggle to try and get adequate help for Andrew.
Colr. Quigley, meanwhile has previously questioned why the two governments were able to provide cross-border services for cancer patients at Altnagelvin and paediatric care for children from the north in Dublin, but seemed reluctant to do anything about the mental health and addiction issue despite its prevalence locally.