Benches inspired by Ricky Gervais’ hit Netflix series After Life have been placed around the UK, including two Liverpool parks.
Charity CALM (which stands for Campaign Against Living Miserably) and Netflix have created 25 benches in total – an ode to After Life character Tony’s friendship with fellow widow Anne.
The benches – which read ‘Hope is everything’ – are a reminder to those dealing with mental health struggles about the power of talking, encouraging us to talk more about grief.
The Netflix’s After Life benches can be found at Stanley Park and Woolton Walled Gardens in Liverpool.
After Life sees character Tony navigate the life-changing loss of his wife who chooses to keep living day by day and rebuild his life.
Often Tony’s character is found chatting to his graveyard companion Anne, as they share experiences of grief and sadness after losing a partner.
It is hoped the Netflix benches will help people reach out for help in a time of crisis – whether it’s a kind stranger, friend or the CALM helpline. The free and confidential CALM helpline is open from 5pm until midnight on 0800 58 58 58.
Each After Life bench features QR codes leading to online resources and a message of support.
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, 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.”
Ricky Gervais 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.”
The star has also encouraged those who spot the benches to take a selfie with them.