Film Screening & Community Forum

Not Alone

TUESDAY, september 10 at 6:00pm | FREE ADMISSION
resource fair at 5:30pm, screening and panel from 6-9pm

Featuring a resource fair on the patio with community mental health organizations and a post-screening panel discussion.

The panel discussion will feature Joronda Montaño, Exec. Director of notMYkid, Rezwana Islam, UA Public Health major and LGBTQ advocate, Ernestina Limon, former Pima County Health Dept. Community Mental Health and Addiction Program Coordinator, and Darin Knapp, UA Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences Assistant Professor of Practice.

The panel will be moderated by Bonnie Kneller, Tucson High School Lead School Social Worker. We invite you to engage in a conversation about promoting mental health in our community and preventing suicide in our student population.

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.

There will be resource tables with information on local mental health treatment, education, and outreach organizations on the patio at 5:30pm before the screening. Organizations in attendance include:

● National Alliance on Mental Illness – Southern Arizona
● Help & Hope for YOUth
● notMYkid
● UA Campus Health: Counseling and Psych Services
● Text, Talk, & Act
● Palo Verde Behavioral Health
● La Frontera
● COPE Community Services
● Epilogue Podcast Project

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema presented by The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.