About the Documentary

Our intention is to educate, share, and encourage open conversations about this topic while providing accessible education and vital tools people can come away with to immediately start saving lives, whether that be for themselves or for someone they know. One in four people suffer from mental illness, 350 million people suffer from depression, and one suicide occurs every 40 seconds. Through this first-of-it’s-kind documentary, we can start turning that around immediately and effectively. This educational awareness documentary explores society’s taboo around mental health and discusses the maladaptive strategies that result. It is an awesome opportunity to set examples of open dialogue about otherwise silently misunderstood topics while teaching life-saving tools that viewers can utilize in their own lives. Using empathy and education to break shame and stigma, all those struggling with mental health in any capacity can openly work toward recovery. This is the time to change society at large. 

Imagine giving people not only the ability and knowledge of how to, but also, importantly, the desire to start having necessary conversations– conversations and strategies that can lead to more lives being saved. Breaking Taboo is providing the public knowledge that they can carry with them every day for the rest of their lives, as well as the inspiration that will empower them to fulfill a life worth living. 

Funds received will support the continued filming and development of our documentary projects. All of the brave participants featured in our documentary are volunteers for our mission, and are actively fighting against the taboo. Their stories are real, heartbreaking, hard to face, yet everywhere. They have survived, through thick and thin, blood and tears- and they are not afraid to admit it. We have many more survivors and advocates who are desperate to share their stories, and our funds will go toward facilitating their interviews (renting studio space, cameras, sound and lighting equipment, and other pre and post production necessities). This film also includes interviews with mental health professionals and educators including EMT workers, Chief Fire Officers, veterans, substance abuse counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, holistic therapists, yoga depression therapists, executives from other national nonprofits – to name just a few. Funding will allow us to respond quickly when filming opportunities arise, as many subjects and advocates for this work travel great distances across the world and across the country to share their stories. These funds will also enable us to complete necessary and expensive post production costs such as editing, sound and color correction, and the marketing and distribution necessary to ensure that the educational film becomes easily accessible to anyone and everyone in order to save as many lives as possible. 

Because too often people don’t know when someone close to them is suffering, we provide the tools to recognize warning signs and encourage discussion and intervention. Additionally, we hope to reach people who are suffering from mental health issues and feel ostracized or isolated. We promote the message that there is nothing wrong with talking about mental health, and that taking care of one’s mental health is paramount to leading a healthy life. Suicide and mental health conditions do not discriminate, it effects men and women of all demographics and circumstances; all ages, all religious and political backgrounds, all economic and social backgrounds, all races, all cultures, all gender identities. Therefore, our intended audience is anyone who feels like they are suffering, anyone who wants to reach out for help and doesn’t know how, anyone who knows someone who is suffer, anyone who may in the future come across someone who will be suffering, and anyone who may otherwise miss the warning signs that, if recognized, could mean the difference between life and death.

At Breaking Taboo, our mission is to save lives by promoting mental health awareness and encouraging conversation around “taboo” topics. Our ultimate desire is that those who watch and share our film will gain practical, useful knowledge that will help them take immediate, actionable steps to increase awareness of mental health issues, and take steps to save the lives of those who would otherwise be shamed into silence, or even for their own lives. They will also have access resources, which we will encourage them to share with their networks, magnifying the impact of this life changing and life-saving work.