Denise Welch gushes about sons and their work on new film

She has been a prominent voice in the public eye in recent years, championing openness and treatment for mental health.

And Denise Welch has taken things further this year, by making a short film inspired by her own personal battle with post-natal depression – a condition that has plagued her following the birth of her eldest son Matthew Healy.

Being a musician, and the frontman of rock band The 1975 himself, Matthew, 28, helped his mother to create music for the 15-minute film, while Denise, 59, and her younger son Louis, 16, played the two lead roles in the piece, making it a family effort.

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'I won't be shut down!' Denise Welch reveals her son Matty Healy based The 1975 hit on her post-natal depression... as her film about the condition reaches 11k hits on YouTube in just 36 hours

'I won't be shut down!' Denise Welch reveals her son Matty Healy based The 1975 hit on her post-natal depression... as her film about the condition reaches 11k hits on YouTube in just 36 hours

Honest depiction: The movie – which, within 36 hours has already received nearly 11k views on YouTube – depicts a woman, played by Denise, suffering from a condition, represented by a black-hooded teenage boy (played by Louis)

Honest depiction: The movie – which, within 36 hours has already received nearly 11k views on YouTube – depicts a woman, played by Denise, suffering from a condition, represented by a black-hooded teenage boy (played by Louis)

‘Myself and my husband funded this project ourselves,’ Denise told MailOnline exclusively on Thursday - the day the film, titled Black Eyed Susan, debuted online. ‘I have been blessed with a talented family. And so I thought that there is no better actor for the part than my actor son, and no better song writer than my Brit Award-winning son.

‘And it has been so fantastic to have those two on side.’

The movie – which, within 36 hours has already received nearly 11k views on YouTube – depicts a woman, played by Denise, suffering from a condition, represented by a black-hooded teenage boy (played by Louis).

Rock star: Being a musician, and the frontman of rock band The 1975 himself, Matthew, 28, helped his mother to create music for the 15-minute film

Rock star: Being a musician, and the frontman of rock band The 1975 himself, Matthew, 28, helped his mother to create music for the 15-minute film

Dramatic: If follows her dealing with the condition – firstly, very much alone, and then gradually facing it and confronting it

Dramatic: If follows her dealing with the condition – firstly, very much alone, and then gradually facing it and confronting it

Stars: Denise, 59, and her younger son Louis, 16, played the two lead roles in the piece, making it a family effort

Stars: Denise, 59, and her younger son Louis, 16, played the two lead roles in the piece, making it a family effort

If follows her dealing with the condition – firstly, very much alone, and then gradually facing it and confronting it.

'It's been a cathartic process, and the response has been so positive,' Denise continued of the project, which has seen an incredibly positive reaction on the festival circuit during the year.

'There's always going to be naysayers, but I won't be shut down. In fact, that's one of the themes of the piece. For 28 years, I had people saying "pull yourself together". People didn't realise that a mental health condition is the same as if I had been living with cancer for 20-30 years.

Raising awareness: Her son Matty promoted his mother's film to his own fanbase on Twitter - which is 811k strong - which Denise is hugely grateful for

Raising awareness: Her son Matty promoted his mother's film to his own fanbase on Twitter - which is 811k strong - which Denise is hugely grateful for

Raising awareness: Her son Matty promoted his mother's film to his own fanbase on Twitter - which is 811k strong - which Denise is hugely grateful for

'But I will not be shut down by anyone. And that’s my message. And ss a layman, I know more than a lot of people about this.'

Black Eyed Susan was written and directed by Nick Rowntree and co-produced by Denise and Suzy Mottram - with Denise hoping to spread a message and 'do the illness justice'.

'I'm glad that people are complimenting my performance,

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