Movies for Mental Health Online – Sexual Violence Focus

INTRODUCING, MOVIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH ONLINE – SEXUAL VIOLENCE FOCUS!

CREATING SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Movies for Mental Health Online with a Sexual Violence Focus (M4MHO-SV) is a 1.5-hour virtual workshop that focuses on exploring the mental health impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals and communities.

Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, we harness film to engage with young people on the vital topics of mental health and sexual violence, building empathy for what survivors might experience, and gaining tools for being able to support any survivors in their lives.

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

Learn more about Movies for Mental Health (Online)

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This was a great opportunity to listen to a survivor and their experience. Powerful and effective—even through a computer screen!

M4MHO-SV participant at Cerritos College


Watch our film winner, Little Elizabeth
(Content heads up: mention of trauma and childhood sexual assault.)

View some of our films that explore the mental health impacts of sexual violence*:

*While our films do not go into graphic detail and remove any depictions of assault, we acknowledge that sexual violence 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.

Movies for Mental Health (Online) - interactive discussion during coronavirus pandemic
M4MH ONLINE PARTICIPANTS DISCUSS THEIR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS AFTER WATCHING TOUCH ME DON’T TOUCH ME

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

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I really respected and appreciated the host speaker for the event, she had a comforting tone and disposition.

M4MHO-SV participant

M4MHO-SV is for EVERYONE! We view sexual violence as a community issue—everyone knows at least one survivor of sexual violence. Using film and somatic techniques, we welcome all people to step into different viewpoints and build empathy for others through art. Throughout the workshop, we:

  • Examine how sexual violence and mental illness is depicted in the media.
  • Explore the mental health impacts that sexual violence can have on both survivors and communities—including anxiety, PTSD, depression, eating disorders, self hatred, fear, insomnia, and / or others.
  • Reduce stigma around symptoms related to mental illness and mental health issues.
  • Encourage learning around how to support and relate to survivors, as friends, family, partners, and peers.
  • Present mental health panelists who represent sexual violence-focused 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 HOW OUR VIRTUAL MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS CREATE MORE SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITIES FOR SURVIVORS.

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This workshop felt very inviting, open, and like a safe place to discuss the hard topic of sexual violence.

M4MHO-SV participant

In times like these, it’s more important than ever to find safe ways to connect in genuine ways. M4MH Online is designed for survivors and their community members to participate as much or little as they’d like, which provides students with a brave forum for group discussion, short film screenings, and real-time connection to mental health resources. Some outcomes of the program include:

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Sexual Violence
Education
  • Confront and address ways in which stigma impacts students and our wider society.
  • Reduced feelings of isolation, and reduced personal and public stigma around mental illness and sexual violence.
  • Increased awareness of real experiences of survivors.
  • An increased intent to reach out for support and be an advocate for survivors.

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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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.