OurKidsOurLives (2023) | Global Health Film

OurKidsOurLives (2023)

Directed by Ben Akers, 90 mins

Livestreamed screening and discussion

Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK.

Over 50% of mental health issues are established by the age of 14. One in four school children self-harm. 7% of 17 year olds have attempted suicide. And 25% of deaths of 15–17 year olds are due to suicide.

It felt like we as parents needed to talk more about this.

In this feature length documentary Ben Akers talks to parents, kids, experts and looks for solutions on how we can help our kids become mentally strong.

He tries to discover what we can do, to help our next generation. From body image. To self harm. From societal pressures. To our expanding digital world. And explore the power of talking.

Because if we get this right, we can help young people manage their mental health not just for today but for generations to come.

Because our kids are our future. #OurKidsOurLives.

Panel discussion

After the livestream screening, Global Health Film Advisory Board member Nicole Aquila will host a panel discussion with OurKidsOurLives director Ben Akers, Jody Foster, founder of Ellie's Angels, and Sarah McCubbin, Clinical Supervisor and Designated Safeguarding Officer at Shout/Mental Health Innovation. 


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