Inspiring Hope: The Imitation Game’s Graham Moore

What better place to find inspiration and HOPE than from last night’s Academy Awards. While accepting his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Imitation Game, Graham Moore delivered a moving appeal for those living with depression and/or thinking about suicide. He urged them to seek help, and revealed that he himself once attempted suicide.

The Imitation Game was a hit among critiques and movie goers in 2014 (Photo credit: David Holt. Flickr).

The Imitation Game was a hit among critiques and movie goers in 2014 (Photo credit: David Holt, Flickr).

Moore said. “Here’s the thing, Alan Turing never got to stand on a stage like this and look out at all of these disconcertingly attractive faces. I do! And that’s the most unfair thing I’ve ever heard. So in this brief time here, what I wanted to do was say this: When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong. And now I’m standing here, and so I would like this moment to be for this kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do.”

The Imitation Game is based on the life of British mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who committed suicide after being prosecuted for being gay in 1954.

On Hollywood’s biggest stage, Moore took a very brave step in sharing a deeply personal story in order to provide HOPE to others. We hope that these words inspired the millions of people around the world who watched the telecast last night and the millions of people around the world who live with depression every day.

He closed his speech by saying, “Stay weird, stay different, and then, when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

Well Mr. Moore, we’re here to help pass along your message of HOPE.

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About Kathryn

Kathryn Goetzke has over 30 years of experience in marketing, branding, and strategy. She was recently appointed to be a representative at the United Nations for the World Federation for Mental Health. Kathryn is the Founder of iFred, the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression, through which she created Hopeful Minds and Hopeful Cities, two programs dedicated to sharing the “how-to” of hope with children, parents, and communities globally. Kathryn presented at Harvard University, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Never Alone Summit. Hopeful Minds was featured in a documentary by the BBC, and her products and projects have been featured in global media.

Kathryn is a Partner at Innovative Analysis, LLC, where she consults businesses on activating hope in the workplace, and created a college program Hopeful Mindsets, a marketing strategy and course for college students to activate hope on campus. She is the author of the Biggest Little Book About Hope and host of The Hope Matrix Podcast. In her role as Chief Mood Officer at The Mood Factory, she created the first nationwide cause marketing campaign for mental health through her brand Mood-lites, which achieved over 35M in retail sales. Ms. Goetzke serves on advisory boards for FundaMentalSDG, Y Mental Health, Women’s Brain Project, and the Global Mental Health Movement.

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