AWI Short Film Competition

Beyond Words

This short video addresses depression and how it’s immensely trivialized and downplayed. It also reveals the power that words have over actions people take.


Content heads up: depression, suicidal ideation, image implying suicide by hanging

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Director: Sharon Nyarko

Sharon Nyarko is a 19 year old independent digital storyteller and second-year undergraduate Neuroscience specialist at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include brain function, biological basis of mental illness, and the development of more effective support schemes for people with mental health disorders. ‘Beyond Words’ is Sharon's first publicized project as Director and Producer borne out of a passion to challenge the status quo of socio-cultural misconceptions about the scope, causes and effects of mental illness, and to generate relevant discussions and solutions. 

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Depression causes severe, negative changes in the way you think and feel which makes it difficult to manage day-to-day tasks and activities such working, sleeping,...


Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...


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