Sadness Reflected

Next Gen Student Films

Sadness Reflected

Sadness Reflected is a short documentary film created in The Representation Project’s 2021 Youth Media Academy. Told from the perspective of teenage girls from Maine, This short documentary film reflects on the isolation experienced by teenagers during the quarantine of 2020.


Questions for discussion following the viewing:

  1. Describe any experiences you have had with feelings of isolation or loneliness.
  2. Do you consider mental health to be a significant problem among youth today?
  3. How does mental health affect you and your community? 
  4. How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you and your community with regard to mental health? 
  5. What steps can you take to help improve your mental health or reach out to someone you think may be struggling with mental health?

Feeling Inspired? Please consider selecting at least one of the following to bring about positive change in our society.

Calls to Action for Sadness Reflected

* Make mindfulness a habit—be aware of your mental health and how you can maintain good mental health.

* Educate yourself and others about the importance of good mental health. 

* Learn to recognize signs that a friend, family member, or community member is struggling so that you can help them find the support they need. 

* Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Talk to a friend, trusted adult, therapist, school counselor, or call a mental health hotline. 

* Support mental health awareness organizations and recognize Mental Health Month in May, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July, and Mental Illness Awareness Week in October. 

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