Part talk show and part docu-drama, this program focuses on the epidemic of teenage suicide and depression. The 30-minute program profiles teens who have attempted suicide and their progression in coping with depression. Grammy-award winning recording artist CeCe Winans hosts a studio audience segment in which teens and suicide experts discuss warning signs, causes and prevention of teen suicide.
This powerful film examines the intellectual attraction of suicide to a vulnerable teen and the catastrophic impact on his family. Campbell Bolton came from a high achieving, middle class family and had no background of drug abuse, violence or psychiatric illness. He was funny, charismatic and extremely intelligent. He ran away from home and was not heard from for 16 days before committing suicide. Shortly before, Campbell’s grades had fallen dramatically. Prof. Graham Martin, a suicide prevention expert, feels this caused a major blow to his self esteem. He was also troubled by his sexuality. Campbell knew he was gay and had come out to his friends; however he had not told his family. When he learned that his brother Angus found out, he was deeply distressed. Campbell’s family will never recover from the shock and loss. The whole community grieved. The principal of his school was very concerned about “copycat” deaths so Campbell’s father gave a talk at school. Campbell’s m
his the first video to explore the emotional strain placed on gay youth by intense feelings of isolation. Adolescence is typically a time of conformity when one needs to feel secure in a peer group. But lesbian and gay young people are acutely aware of being different and often have no one to talk to about these feelings. This isolation frequently leads them to drug and alcohol abuse, violence, homelessness and even suicide. In fact, in the recently published Report on Youth Suicide, the shocking fact emerged that fully 30% of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who committed suicide, were gay or lesbian. This documentary has been designed to break the silence surrounding adolescent homosexuality. It contrasts the suicide death of 20-year old Bobby Griffith with the remarkable and courageous life of 17-year old Gina Guttierrez. Gina is not afraid to meet homophobic attitudes straight on. Gay Youth shows that information, acceptance, and support can make enormous differences in t