Documentary spotlights mental illness in youth


A new documentary, Hear Our Voices, is winning awards and opening minds to childhood and young adult mental illness.

The film is being screened across the nation at special events and local film festivals. It follows nine children and young adults who struggle with mental illness as they tell their stories and their lives are shown.

Two of those in the film are sisters whose abusive home led to struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that continues even after the abuse is gone. The girls emotionally talk about what happened to them and how difficult it is to deal with the trauma even now that they have the help they need.

Others in the film tell similar stories, with different forms of mental illness being showcased along with the struggles and difficulty finding care that come with them.

The documentary is being shown nationally, so check local listings and special events to find a screening near you.


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