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Not Alone

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Featuring a resource fair on the patio with community mental health organizations and a post-screening panel discussion.
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 they’ve 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 amongst youth ages 10-24 in Pima County. The data about mental health and suicide among college students nationwide is also sobering. Reducing the impact of suicide on our community begins with storytelling, conversation, and sharing of outreach and counseling resources. Join us for a screening of the documentary Not Alone, featuring the stories of high school students who have struggled with mental illness and suicidal ideation and how sharing their stories helped keep them alive. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Joronda Montaño, Exec. Director of notMYkid, Rezwana Islam, UA Public Health major, mental health educator, and LGBTQ advocate, and Ernestina Limon, former Pima County Health Department Community Mental Health and Addiction Program Coordinator. We invite you to engage in a conversation about promoting mental health in our community and preventing suicide in our student population.

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