About Breaking Taboo
Our mission is to kill silence and save lives by breaking the taboo surrounding mental health.
We aim to educate, share, and encourage open conversations about mental health and suicide.
We believe that in order to solve a problem, we must focus on the root cause: its a taboo subject that people are afraid or ashamed to even discuss. In order to save lives, we must kill the silence, and in order to kill the silence we must break the taboo.
By promoting awareness on mental health and suicide prevention we save lives!
We actively encourage conversations instead of stigmatizing them. Our mission is to educate and provide practical tools everyone can use including survival, step by step application, help, information, and resources. These tools that can save lives in times of crisis. Tools that people can take away with them to gain better mental health every day. Tools that inspire others to live a life without shame and frustration.
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.
Serena Hope Sun
Founder & Director
Serena Sun is the Founder and Director of Breaking Taboo. An advocate for mental health and a champion for the human potential, Serena believes in what she refers to as “humanizing humans”.
After losing more than one friend to suicide, she committed herself to educating people about suicide prevention. First by conducting seminars on middle school, high school and college campuses and then by creating a non-profit organization.
Through Breaking Taboo, she combines her degree & background in psychology, personal development, entrepreneurship, her experience in film, and her many years of philanthropic work to create unique and powerful change.
Serena is trained in Suicide Assessment and has worked with at risk youth in areas of life skills development, creative therapy, and anti-prejudice training. She is also a multi-certified life coach and mental health & wellness coach, and holds internationally accredited certifications in CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and NLP- Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Serena is both active in the mental health field and an advocate for the creative arts as therapeutic expressions of the self. She is a recipient of the 25th annual Los Angeles Music Awards. She has a background in music- specifically concert piano and voice- and enjoys giving back the gift of creativity and the arts- thus honoring “that which makes us feel alive”. She has also worked on various film sets both in front of and behind the camera, is a former model, and enjoys writing and literature. She is currently finishing her first novel and book of poetry.
A true humanitarian, Serena has continuously volunteered for decades since the age of thirteen, in animal shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, and homeless food drives.
As far as mental health and suicide prevention, Serena advocates, “In order to truly change such issues, we must first break the taboo surrounding it.”
For media, booking public speaking seminars, interviews, podcasts and life coaching inquires, contact Serena.