a better place. a short film about self harm

a better place

A team of 20 students who attended a Project AWARE Film Institute created the movie and 2 PSAs. The summer program supports teens in telling real life stories in a powerful way. Young people create high quality movies that address social issues and make a difference. Simply put, the process changes their lives. The Institute simultaneously empowers and builds sense of worth in the youth, while also providing up-to-date information to the broader community. The dialogue that follows plays a critical role in beginning to shift social norms resulting in healthier young people. It also increases marketable skills in students as they prepare themselves for the job market.

Self-harm continues to be a big issue among youth. Adolescents are at an increased risk, with recent data showing that approximately 15% of teens reporting some form of self-harm. The writer and director of the movie Faith Bishop along with the teen cast and crew wanted to make this movie to start a conversation and raise awareness about the issue. Many of the youth creators were interviewed during filming about self-harm and a short video with those interviews are available at this link: a better place. Interviews with Teens


NAMI Maine Helpline 1-800-464-5767  Available Monday-Friday during office hours as a resource for education and support as well as treatment recommendations.

Maine Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112  Maine,s 24 hour crisis services; clinical staff available to address immediate needs and assist with referrals for services.

Acadia Hospital 1-800-640-1211   mental health treatment and support

SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline – 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727) for mental health


Helping Teens Who Cut; Understanding and Ending Self Injury.  Michael Hollander. 2008, Guilford Press.  An excellent book for parents, professionals or the general public to better understand Self-injury and the ways to get help to stop a pattern.

The Scarred Soul: Understanding and Ending Self-Inflicted Violence Tracy Alderman


Adolescent Self Injury Foundation: www.adolescentselfinjuryfoundation.com

Provides education, prevention tips, and resources for self-injurious adolescents and their families.

Self-Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E) Alternatives: www.selfinjury.com

An organization providing treatment options for self-Injury.

Cornell University Research Program on Self Injury & Recovery:  www.selfinjury.bctr.cornell.edu

Excellent information for family members & professionals on a wide range of self-injury topics.


Sponsored by: City of Biddeford, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Acadia Hospital, WABI, Rotary Club of Saco Bay, Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club, Biddeford Public Access, Biddeford School Department, The Bingham Program, Maine Community Foundation, Biddeford Savings Bank, P & C Insurance, Peoples Choice Credit Union, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Bangor Daily News and Kennebunk Savings Bank.

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