An 18-year-old struggling to understand her best friend’s suicide talks to teenagers who have grappled with mental illness and suicidal thoughts.
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Driven by a desire to understand why her best friend killed herself at 16, Jacqueline Monetta, 18 gets suffering-teens to share their struggles with mental illness and suicide attempts. Through her intimate one-to-one interviews, Jacqueline and the audience learn about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, getting help and treating mental illness. As their stories unfold, they assure the audience that mental illnesses, like physical illnesses, can and should be treated.
As someone who has frequently self-harmed and is suffering from severe anxiety and depression, this film was at times not easy to watch. At times it felt like the teens in this documentary were talking about me and the way I’ve felt for most, if not all, of my adult life. However, as hard as it was to watch, it was also in a small way a relief to know I’m not the only person in the world going through this. My partner also found watching this documentary helpful because it gave him different insights into how people can be affected by things and also ways to help me and others.
The documentary is very well filmed and organised, whilst being sensitive to the interviewee’s feelings it is also an informative look at the way people can be affected by social expectations. Jacqueline Monetta should be very proud of herself for the mature way she has created this film.
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