Movie Review: Not Alone

By Reagan Despain

Struggling with her best friend’s suicide Jacqueline Monetta decided to create a documentary about people who have survived a suicide attempt and people who have struggled with mental illnesses. With the help of Kiki Goshay, Jacqueline was able to understand better why her friend committed suicide. While having one-on-one interviews, Jacqueline, and the audience was able to learn about depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide attempts, getting help and treating mental illness.

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According to Jacqueline Monetta on her website, studies show that about 90% of teens that kill themselves have suffered or is suffering from a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, drug and/or alcohol abuse, or a behavioral problem. Some teens might have been subjected to sexual or physical abuse or a very traumatic experience.  They may also be struggling with sexual identity or they might be having problems with their family, friends, or even problems at school.

Teens usually show clear warning signs before a suicide attempt. These warning signs might include: substance abuse, little or too much sleep, displaying extreme mood swings, talking about wanting to die or kill themselves, talking about being hopeless or having no reason to live, and talking about being “trapped.” If you notice any of these signs in a person or yourself you should immediately seek help or help the person in need.

“More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.” -American SPC

This film was very emotional and inspirational. I chose the word inspirational because I think that it opens up the eyes of the audience and makes them want to help people in need. The movie as a whole was actually really good and I would definitely recommend you watch it.

For more information about the film go to http://not-alone.live/

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