Movies for Mental Health Online

INTRODUCING, MOVIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH ONLINE!

SUPPORTING STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH IN TIMES OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

Movies for Mental Health (Online) is a 1.5-hour virtual workshop that focuses on empowering young adults, educators, health professionals and community members to gain a better understanding of mental health within their environment.

Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, we harness film to engage with young people on the vital topic of mental health and mental illness, inspiring them to tell their own stories and explore those of others.

The event also connects students with mental health resources available to them, empowering them to seek support and heal as individuals and communities.

Learn more about Movies for Mental Health (Online)

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M4MH Online was seamless. I felt like you all created a brave space and allowed folks, including panelists, options for stepping up and stepping back depending on our comfort level. Thank you for putting on such an amazing event, I was definitely nervous going into it, but I left feeling really hopeful and supported by my community.

M4MH Online participant at Santa Clara University

Watch our film winner, Visualizing Lies
(Content heads up: depression)

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Insightful! One of the best interactive workshops I have attended during this quarantine due to the exercises, polls, and chat box.

M4MH Online participant at De Anza College

View some of our films that can help students heal during these uncertain times*:

*We acknowledge that mental health is a complex topic that may evoke strong feelings. Please follow these viewing guidelines or visit these resources to take care of yourself before and after viewing our films on this subject matter.

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M4MH ONLINE PARTICIPANTS DISCUSS THEIR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AFTER WATCHING TRES

TAKE AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE MOVIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH (ONLINE) CURRICULUM AND AGENDA:

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It is SO possible to have enriching conversations and connective discussions online. I’m so excited about the possibilities of this format.

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This online workshop was life changing and I learned many useful things to apply to my mental health journey. Thank you!

M4MH Online participants at Foothill College

We at Art With Impact collaborate with accessible resources at each step of the organizational process, closely working with on-campus organizers, taking student stories into account in the film selection process, and seeking out panelists who represent approachable services. Because students are personally introduced to people who represent local opportunities for engagement, the young people we serve can become leaders and change-makers in the way we discuss issues related to mental health and support those around us.

  • Interactive introduction about mental illness, mental wellness, stigma, and the media’s role in our perceptions of these experiences.
  • Viewing and unpacking three award-winning short films about mental health through an anonymous chat-based discussion.
  • Discussion around cultural stigma and mental illness in underrepresented communities.
  • Therapeutic activities that encourage participants to unplug and consciously connect with their minds and bodies.
  • Panel discussion and Q&A with lived-experience speakers and accessible mental health resources.
  • Access exclusive opportunities to further engage in virtual discussion forums, film screenings, and arts-based mental health trainings.
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M4MH ONLINE FACILITATOR BETH KILLIAN LEADS A PANEL DISCUSSION AT CRAFTON HILLS COLLEGE

HERE’S WHAT OUR VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS CAN HELP YOU ACCOMPLISH AT YOUR SCHOOL:

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Having been to the live Movies for Mental Health workshop, I wasn’t sure how this would be. I actually feel people felt more comfortable commenting in this online setting.

M4MH Online participant

In times like these, it’s more important than ever to help students find safe ways to connect in genuine ways as a community and access resources available to them. M4MH Online is designed to provide students with a safe forum to genuinely connect with themselves and others through group discussion, short film screenings, and real-time connection to mental health resources. Some outcomes of the program include:

Mental Health
Education
  • Gain insight into the importance of language to describe our interior worlds with differentiations between mental health, mental illness, and mental wellness.
  • Hear perspectives around seeking support for mental health issues, personally and logistically.
  • Articulate cognitive and emotional responses to short films and mental health stories.
  • Learn about local, available mental health resources.

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Destigmatizing
Mental Illness
  • Confront and address ways in which stigma impacts students and our wider society.
  • Reduce internalized and cultural stigma around mental health issues through .
  • Increase awareness of unique experiences of mental illness, and how marginalized communities might experience mental health stigma differently.

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Empowered
Campus Community
  • Opportunity to connect with other students and reduce feelings of isolation.
  • Increase empathy and validation for others’ experiences.
  • Increase intent to reach out for support for a mental health issue if/when necessary.

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M4MH ONLINE PARTICIPANTS WATCHING OLIVE FILM WINNER, ALWAYS HOPE, TOGETHER IN REAL TIME ↑

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This is an amazing workshop where you will be able to discuss mental health in a very organic and healthy way with others. I enjoyed watching the short films and seeing how others view mental health in a healthier, creative way.

M4MH Online participant

Technical Requirements

Art With Impact handles everything on the technical side of things—setting up the registration pages, automated email reminders, and the web conferencing software—so you don’t need to worry about anything other than promoting to your students, piecing together the panel, and showing up on the day of the virtual workshop!

We also have a designated support person available at every online workshop to help individuals troubleshoot tech issues as they arise without disrupting the group as a whole.

Movies for Mental Health (Online) runs on the BigBlueButton (BBB) open-source platform, hosted on Art With Impact’s private server to ensure reliability.

BBB works across all major HTML-supported browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Edge), which means participants do not need to download or install any apps or software.

Students can even join in using their mobile devices! On Android, BBB runs within the default Chrome browser on Android 6.0+ and, on iOS, within the default Safari Mobile browser.