Sharing Kindness screens the following documentaries for schools and other community groups free of charge. These educational films cover a wide range of issues relevant to youth suicide and mental health (or as we call it, brain health). Showings are typically followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local experts on the topic.
A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, Emma Benoit, paralyzed, but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope, and shine more light on the fact that 20 young people die every day by suicide in the United States. My Ascension is a feature-length documentary that chronicles Emma’s inspiring journey and quest to walk again, as she works to bring Hope Squad, a school-based suicide prevention program, to Louisiana. The film also highlights the stories of two remarkable young people who tragically did not survive their attempts, and we learn first-hand from their families, friends, school officials and suicide prevention experts about the devastating effects of suicide and what can be done to prevent it.
The goal of this film is to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally. By sharing stories of survival and recovery, this film raises awareness of suicide, while helping people find the support they need to stay alive and heal. Sharing Kindness brought a screening of this film to Regal Cinemas in Hyannis.
RACE to Be Human addresses the impact of racism on our mental health through the lens of students, experts and educators. Created for schools, communities and corporations, RACE to Be Human addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film program examines micro-aggressions, allyship, the role of social media, and more. It also shares how we can promote curiosity, self-reflection, and empathy through conversations at home, school and work.
The Upstanders explores all sides of cyber-bullying, from bully to victim, bystanders and family members. Changing human behavior and connection is the key, and this is what the film addresses.
The documentary shows the importance of empathy and resilience to transforming attitudes and action, and highlights new laws and established programs that are already reducing bullying in schools and communities. It shows that everyone is needed to eradicate cyber-bullying, and gives bystanders the confidence and tools to become ‘Upstanders’, and help change the narrative.
LIKE explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. Understanding that virtual connection is not going away and has many benefits, its goal is to inform, educate and inspire people of all ages to self-regulate, so they can enjoy balanced and fulfilled lives.