What happens when a community is rocked by a series of suicides, all of them young people? Should the families mourn in private lest the publicity encourage even more students to take their own lives? Or is it true that since the advent of social media nothing is private anyway?
This important program tells the story of an Australian community that, after a string of teen suicides, held a public meeting to allow the victims loved ones to share their experiences and discuss ways to prevent such tragedies in the future.
Footage from the meeting lends poignant insight into the shortcomings of mental health services in addressing adolescent depression; the point is made that breaking the silence about suicide – and harnessing the potential of social media as part of a prevention strategy – may be the best way to vanquish this enemy.
Some language may be offensive. In English, with English-language subtitles. Viewing time: 43 minutes. 2012.
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