A film by Jacqueline Monetta & Kiki GoshayIn a world that is so connected, why do we feel so alone?
A film by Jacqueline Monetta & Kiki Goshay
Running time: 50 and 30 minute versions included
Closed Captioning included for both versions
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.
“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
Studies show that at least 90% of teens who kill themselves have some type of mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, or a behavior problem. They may also have problems at school or with friends or family, or a combination of all these things. Some teens may have been victims of sexual or physical abuse. Others may be struggling with issues related to sexual identity. Usually they have had problems for some time.
Most teens do not spend a long time planning to kill themselves. They may have thought about it or tried it in the past but only decide to do it after an event that produces feelings of failure or loss, such as getting in trouble, having an argument, breaking up with a partner, or receiving a bad grade on a test.
A depressed individual thinking of suicide is often profoundly ashamed and either unaware of the presence of mental illness or uninformed about the power of treatment to restore hope and health. Teens are our best line of defense. If they know the signs, they can identify a struggling peer, ask, listen and seek help.