Depression and mental health is one of the biggest issues facing teens in the United States. The suicide rate for people aged 10 to 24 increased 56% between 2007 and 2017. During that same time frame, the suicide rate tripled for ages 10-14 and increased by 76% for ages 15-19 (data available here).

This story takes the audience through the life story of one person who dealt with depression, self-harm and even attempted suicide. Through the drama, details are given about what could be going on with students or their friends as they deal with depression. In the end, it’s a concerned friend, not afraid to speak up, that brings healing. Emphasis is given to speaking up for friends and removing the stigma so often associated with mental illness.

Anticipated Needs for this performance:

Sound: One lavalier or head-worn wireless microphone if needed for space.  There is one short voice-over track, from CD or phone/tablet, that plays at the beginning.

Lighting: General stage lighting in the center of the stage.

Stage and furniture: A small table to use as a desk and accompanying chair.

Begins and ends on stage