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Horizon to Hold Mental Health Film Festival Annual Meeting Oct. 25

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The Horizon Foundation will host a mental health film festival and its annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the UA Snowden Square Stadium movie theater (9161 Commerce Center Drive, Columbia). The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and available at http://bit.ly/HCMHFFtix.

The event will begin with an opening reception in the lobby, followed by an opportunity for attendees to view one of four captivating and thought-provoking films, all focused on the theme of different mental health challenges. Each film will be followed by a panel discussion.

The four films that will be screened at the festival include the following.

‘Buried Above Ground’

What would you do if the worst thing that ever happened to you felt like it kept happening? Over six years, Buried Above Ground explores this question and the road to recovery through the eyes of three post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) survivors: Luis, a combat veteran; Erundina, a survivor of domestic violence; and Ashley, who lived through Hurricane Katrina.

This film contains: profanity, references to war, domestic violence, natural disaster, PTSD, substance abuse, suicide and depression.

‘Cracking Up’

Cracking Up follows the story of 11 courageous people who stand up for their mental health — literally. Using laughter as therapy, counselor, comedian and author David Granirer trains individuals who suffer from mental illnesses to confront their problems through stand-up comedy. While learning to laugh at themselves, they share their stories and address public stigma.

This film contains profanity, jokes of a sexual nature, suicide, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

‘Inside Teen Suicide’

Six riveting personal suicide stories are intertwined with experts in youth psychology that grapple with how technology and media have redefined relationships for young people, and why so many teens today are choosing to take their own lives. Amidst real life stories of despair and triumph, Inside Teen Suicide highlights the need to understand and prevent this pressing epidemic.

This film contains stories of adolescent suicide, depression, bullying, social media, substance abuse, arson and self-harm.

‘Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw’

Chamique Holdsclaw was hailed as the “female Michael Jordan” … until her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders emerged to derail her career and threaten her life. This film intimately chronicles Holdsclaw’s athletic accomplishments, personal setbacks and her decision, despite public stigma, to become an outspoken mental health advocate. Still, she would face dramatic, unexpected challenges to her own recovery.

This film contains: substance abuse, suicide, depression, bipolar disorder and domestic violence.

More information about the event is available at www.thehorizonfoundation.org/HCMHFF.