Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, co-director Jacqueline Monetta — herself a recent high-school grad — gets suffering teens to share their struggles with mental illness and suicide attempts. Through Monetta’s intimate one-on-one interviews, viewers learn about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, and resources for getting help and treating mental illness. The film serves as an excellent educational tool: helping teens recognize the warning signs of depression among their peers, providing warnings about social media and its potentially deleterious effects, suggesting outlets for help, destigmatizing mental illness, and giving teen viewers the clear sense that they are not alone.
Film CategoryLeon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight
SubjectInternet/Social Media Mental Health Suicide Youth
Two Native American women run a suicide hotline on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.