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We are experiencing a youth mental health crisis of historic proportions that has been made worse by COVID-19. More than one-third of high school students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic, with nearly half feeling persistently sad or hopeless in the past year.
In 2019, suicide was the second-leading cause of death among people aged 10–24. In 2020, amid the disruption and stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency department visits related to suspected suicide attempts increased by 31% for those aged 12–17 compared to the previous year. And in 2021, 1 in 5 high school students reported experiencing serious thoughts of suicide within the past year.
Half of all mental illness begins by age 14, but the average delay between onset of symptoms and treatment is 11 years, so getting help early is crucial. That’s why NAMI is joining with Sony Pictures Classics to raise awareness of issues raised in “The Son,” a new film written and directed by Florian Zeller and starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath and Anthony Hopkins, opening nationwide on Jan. 20, 2023.
“The Son” tells the story of a family torn apart by divorce and a boy who shows troubling signs of mental illness and an inability to cope. Millions of real families face similar situations every year, but too often they don’t recognize the warning signs.
NAMI is here to educate, advocate and help people get the support they need for themselves or a loved one.
Learn more about “THE SON”
If you need someone to talk to, you are not alone. Here are a few places to start:
NOTE: If you are concerned someone in your life is at risk for suicide, ask directly:
“Are you thinking about ending your life?”
“Have you thought about how you would do it or when? Do you have a plan?”
Research shows that asking someone about suicide does not make them more likely to have thoughts of suicide or act on those thoughts. In fact, the opposite is true: Asking someone could save their life.
We hope that this movie will encourage you to start conversations about mental health. Here are a few ways you can get involved: