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A film by Jacqueline Monetta & Kiki Goshay

Running time: 50 and 30 minute versions included

Closed Captioning included for both versions

 

Synopsis:

Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, Jacqueline Monetta asks teens to share their struggles with mental illness and suicide attempts. Through her intimate teen-to-teen conversations, Jacqueline, and the audience learn about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, getting help and treating mental illness. Each teen paints a vivid picture of the depths of despair he/she suffered and how talking about it saved them. They assure the audience that mental illnesses, like physical illnesses, can and should be treated.

 

Endorsements:

"Not Alone is straight talk on youth suicide risk and the many things family, friends, educators, and communities can do to interrupt the tragic spiral leading to an entirely preventable cause of death. The documentary stands in contrast to popular TV series on youth suicide that present inaccurate, glorifying depictions of depression and hopelessness unhelpful to the cause of suicide prevention. I recommend Not Alone highly." — Dr. Eli Merritt, author of Suicide Risk in the Bay Area

"The documentary Not Alone provided a backdrop for dialogue on the difficult issue of teen suicide. The opportunity for the entire school community to hear together first-hand accounts of young people who have struggled with mental health issues like anxiety and depression opened the door to conversations about this often taboo topic. Insights were gained both by students who have experienced similar challenges as well as those who have witnessed friends in similar struggles. Parents, faculty and staff expressed gratitude for the unique opportunity our students had to view this very powerful documentary." — Marilyn Arundel, Dean of Faculty and Academics

 

Information:

“Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24” — CDC

“Each day there are an average of 5,400+ suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12” — CDC

“Young Adolescents as Likely to Die From Suicide as From Traffic Accidents.” — NY Times

“More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.” — American SPCC

“Among US students grades 9-12 in 2013: 17% seriously considered attempting suicide | 13.6% made a plan about how they would attempt suicide | 8.0% attempted suicide one or more times | 2.7% made a suicide attempt that resulting in injury, poisoning or an overdose.”  — CDC

“Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.” — CDC

“Kids who are bullied are more than twice as likely to consider suicide.” — AMA

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