They're All Doing Better Now

It is of no surprise that there is a mental health epidemic in the United States. However, in discussing how to heal and progress as a society, we need to prepare all members to collectively make progress. Losing or almost losing a friend or loved one to suicide can be a deeply confusing and heartbreaking experience. People can experience everything from sadness to guilt to betrayal to anger and more. This video hopes to educate the public watching on how to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others struggling with depression and/or suicide. From discussing how to be a powerful and positive force in supporting others who are struggling with depression, relating it to current data, studies, and statistics, this video gives baseline and required information for supporting others who may attempt suicide. Drawing from personal experience, I want to show that there is power in simple gestures of care, and with those gestures, a seemingly powerless situation can be improved.

  • Emily Pattison
  • Emily Pattison
  • Emily Pattison
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Wellesley College
Director Biography - Emily Pattison

Emily is a Wellesley College senior double majoring in Economics and Media Arts and Sciences (MAS). She is the founder and president of Wellesley Pictures, Wellesley's student-run production company. Emily has worked in science communication, writing and directing videos for The Mars Generation Nonprofit with Abigail "Astronaut Abby" Harrison and has interned at NOVA, helping with the series "Polar Extremes: Antarctica."

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Director Statement

I believe that art is meant to spark a conversation, and by that conversation, action. By diving into topics that are timely and socially impactful, I hope my work can lead to real and tangible change in society. Often what moves mountains is the small societal steps we take as individuals in ushering in improvements. Whether it's increased empathy, awareness, or knowledge, I believe that art is at the crux of activism and social change.