According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 20 percent of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death in young people ages 10-24.
Queens Library’s first annual Teen Mental Health Week (October 9 through October 13) highlights activities that will help teens focus on self-care, provides teens with resources on mental health, and gives teens an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns about mental health. To see all of the Teen Mental Health Week programs, click here.
Changing Minds Film Festival & Panel Discussion:
Teens, come see films addressing important mental health topics, created by your peers! Following the short film screenings, you will have a chance to interact with a panel of filmmakers and mental health professionals. They will share some of the common issues that teens experience and some trusted resources. Queens Library has collaborated with Community Access to make positive changes in how we think and talk about youth mental health issues. Community Access launched Changing Minds, a unique storytelling initiative that helps young people (ages 15-25) share their mental health stories in ways that spark meaningful conversation and bring about real change.
The featured films are:
- Again, With Feeling: Director: Max Blanche (19) | Writer: Tyler Gilbert (24) | Producers: Duncan Carr and Maisie Lucas
From Vancouver, Canada, this musical short powerfully depicts the feelings of loneliness and isolation experienced by people affected by depression — and reflects the hope that, through peer support, people can recover to live full and meaningful lives.
- D.N.G.U. (DO NOT GIVE UP): Director & Writer: Rafe Karen (24)
Filmed on location in New York, this narrative short chronicles a young woman’s difficult attempt to process a traumatizing experience.
- PIGEON-HOLED: Director: Daphne Parkhill (16)
Filmed in and around Brooklyn, NY, this explores the positive and negative effects that labels have on queer youth.