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This August, we are producing a film about the realities of eating disorders and recovery, and are currently looking for high school students to feature. Eating disorders are commonly misunderstood, especially when it comes to the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of those who suffer from them. Anyone is welcome to apply, but we’d especially appreciate the stories from men, transgender individuals, people of color, and those struggling with non-restrictive eating disorders, such as BED. Filming date to be decided.
Diagnosis is a privilege, so we’d like to emphasize that formal diagnosis with an eating disorder is not necessary to be featured. We’d love to hear from anyone who battles with disordered eating or more generalized diet culture, as well as those who have supported a friend or family member through an eating disorder. We want to create a video that not only addresses common misconceptions around eating disorders, but also follows the recovery journeys unique to and defined by every individual.
As much as we appreciate your interest and your story, we unfortunately do not have the capacity to feature everyone in the film. Sending in an application does not guarantee a spot in the video.
Check out our latest video: QuaranTEEN Diaries
QuaranTEEN Diaries captures COVID-19 and the pandemic experience directly from the lens of youth. They share their challenges, but equally highlight their inner strength, importance of community and the message of "apart, but never alone.
Previously at SafeSpace:
Many Generations, One Conversation
Many Generations, One Conversation is a short film about families who share their own experiences, misperceptions and current views on teen mental health. These cross generational conversations address cultural norms and provide guidance to families navigating their own mental health challenges.
Seen, Heard and Understood
Seen, Heard and Understood:The Power of Mentorship is a short film about two teens who found an adult in their lives who provided needed advice and support in a time of need. These mentors continued to give unconditional encouragement, hope, and promise to help the teen get back on track. This film discusses the importance of reaching out to a caring individual for support and advice.
From Hurt to Hope
Hurt to Hope is a five minute film that offers stories from SafeSpace teens on how to help yourself and others experiencing mental health challenges. The focus of this film is the positive impact of support and the importance of being present and true to yourself.
What would happen if we told the truth about our lives? At SafeSpace, we are starting a new conversation. Join us to share the message, not the mess.
You Are Not Alone
Everyone has moments when they feel alone, but suffering from mental health issues is the loneliest feeling of all. We’ve learned that alone we can do little, but together we can do so much. That getting help should not be the last resort, but the first. Join us, together we can do anything.
Many teens suffer from mental health issues. We share our stories to encourage reaching out for help. Because asking for help is brave, not weak. Don’t confuse a breakdown with a breakthrough. It may just be the first step to feeling yourself again.
Life is full of challenges- it’s how we overcome them that makes all the difference. It’s realizing that courage isn’t the absence of fear, but moving forward despite our fears. At SafeSpace we share our stories to invite you to join us on this journey towards solutions, not solitude. Learn more about how you or a friend can overcome their own challenges.
Student athletes face many barriers in high school, mental health issues creating an even bigger barrier. Jessie has learned how important it is to reach out and communicate, and most importantly recognize and act on when she needs help. Whether a student, parent, or athlete it’s important to find a balance between school, sports and mental health. Learn how you, a friend, or family member can find that healthy balance.
Director: Winslow Perry
Producer: Jonah Moshammer
Cinematographers: Winslow Perry, Jonah Moshammer, Drew Annis, Brennan McGhee, Sunce Franicevic
Gaffer: Kenzen Takahashi
Camera Assist: Alex Beirwagon
Screenwriters: Julia Robbin, Valentina Lovazzano
Production Coordination: Caitlyn McWilliams, Caden Hansen
SafeSpace Advisors: Susan Bird, Lesley Martin, Michelle Mangiardi, Liesl Moldow
Thank you to the Palo Alto Foundation Community Fund for their most generous support.