Mary, Albert and Margaret streets in Brisbane will be closed from Aug. 22 to Aug. 25 while scenes from the movie are shot, outlets reported Sunday. “Thor” is set to release in November 2017.
Chris Hemsworth used his first appearance on set for the filming of Thor: Ragnarok to spread a message to all those with mental health challenges.
Wearing a grey hoodie with ‘Livin’ printed across the front, Hemsworth showed support for Australian not-for-profit organisation LIVIN, that seeks to create a hope for those battling with mental health.
One in five Australians experience a mental health issue each year and LIVIN co-founder Sam Webb said half of those struggling were not seeking help.
“Thousands of people die globally because of suicide, they say 50 per cent who are struggling with mental health challenge or illness are not seeking help,” he said.
“There is a taboo that surrounds mental health that stops people from seeking help.
“We are all about creating that hope that people sometimes don’t see, trying to make people feel comfortable about owning their mental health challenges.”
The organisation was founded in 2013 in honour of Dwayne Lally, a friend of Mr Webb and co-founder Casey Lyons, who took his own life.
In a bid to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health issues, the two men worked to enforce a simple mantra, “It Ain’t Weak to Speak” through the organisation.
“Casey and myself lost our really good mate to suicide in September 2013, he was very strong, happy, life-of-the-party type guy, furthest person you would have thought to be struggling,” he said.
“We are trying to give people the confidence, a lot of people who suffer in silence, we are trying to give them some hope. The confidence to speak up could be the difference between life and death.”
The friends have released a line of merchandise, including jumpers, singlets, caps and shorts to build awareness.
Mr Webb said Hemsworth wearing the grey hoodie helped to get the message out that it was OK to talk about mental health.
“We are just trying to be innovative, we are not trying to reinvent the wheel but we are trying to increase awareness,” he said.
“If we can put our product into the hands of people who are role models, who are the average macho strong famous person that has connection with mental health and is an advocate for it, then it will go further.
“If people don’t feel OK to talk and they feel embarrassed about seeking help or speaking up but then see people like Hemsworth wearing it, or whoever it is wearing our stuff, it creates more hope for people.”
LIVIN has been taken up by a number of professionals, including sporting stars Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater.