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Teens, and people who support teens.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
ESD 112 Conference Center
2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver WA 98661
Join us in reviewing six youth-directed and led short films (5-10 minute) about teen mental health. Reflect on the films and grapple with open questions about the experiences of teens in our community. Review local data and hear stories from our teens. Themes include depression, anxiety, eating disorders and bullying. Build capacity to talk with teens about such issues and collaborate as a community to support teens. Films are provided by the United Kingdom Into Films, Moving Minds series. www.intofilm.org.
Animations on Mental Health
Youth discuss how mental health struggles can feel, sharing advice on coping. Teens talk vulnerability and how being honest with friends can help. Teens discuss judgement and caring for yourself by making small changes to your daily routine.
The Broken Rose
A young woman longs to connect with people and form friendships, but is isolated and scared. She finds courage to step outside only to be overwhelmed by the noise and bustle of modern living. Can she find belonging in this uncaring world?
Behind the Mask
We follow a day in the life of Taylor, an adolescent suffering from mental health struggles. Using a mask to conceal her emotions, we see her journey through a day of experiences that trigger social anxiety, which eventually leads to her breaking down to her parents and seeking professional help.
A-student, Brooke is starting to unravel under the pressure of exams. Desperate to escape her anxiety, she tries in vain to get her busy mother’s attention. Her anxiety mounts as her exam approaches. The resulting experience leads to a way forward and a new understanding with her mother.
With exams looming and pressure building, a student struggles to overcome her anxieties. This film provides a glimpse into the internal workings of a young person’s mind as their mental health deteriorates. What will help her get perspective?
Noticing a mental health issue can be harder than noticing a physical health issue but this doesn’t mean it should be treated any differently. When life feels tough we all need someone to offer us support.