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A team of 20 students who attended a Project AWARE Film Institute created the movie and 2 PSAs. The summer program supports teens in telling real life stories in a powerful way. Young people create high quality movies that address social issues and make a difference. Simply put, the process changes their lives. The Institute simultaneously empowers and builds sense of worth in the youth, while also providing up-to-date information to the broader community. The dialogue that follows plays a critical role in beginning to shift social norms resulting in healthier young people. It also increases marketable skills in students as they prepare themselves for the job market.
Self-harm continues to be a big issue among youth. Adolescents are at an increased risk, with recent data showing that approximately 15% of teens reporting some form of self-harm. The writer and director of the movie Faith Bishop along with the teen cast and crew wanted to make this movie to start a conversation and raise awareness about the issue. Many of the youth creators were interviewed during filming about self-harm and a short video with those interviews are available at this link: a better place. Interviews with Teens https://youtu.be/plNcummEUB4