AWI Short Film Competition

Destigmatize Mental Illness: Reject the Silence

If you think someone is considering suicide, don’t be scared to break the silence.


1-800-273-8255 (The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)

1-866-488-7386 (The Trevor Lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning youth)

Breaking the stigma of mental illness.
If you think someone is considering suicide, don’t be scared to break the silence. Remember QPR:
QUESTION — ask if they are having suicidal thoughts.
PERSUADE — listen carefully, then suggest that they let you help.
REFER — contact an adult or a lifeline to get help.


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Director: Misha Kessler

Misha Kessler is an Advocate and Entrepreneur in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. He attended George Washington University, serving on the Executive Board of the Active Minds chapter at GWU. From there, he got involved with student coalitions, organized community awareness events, and spoke publicly about mental health issues, specializing in suicidality with a focus on LGBTQ youth and other high-risk populations. He was soon elected to the Executive Board of the Mental Health Association of Maryland, in addition to interning at The American Association of Suicidology, where he contributes to the development of the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide. Now, Kessler is forging a new career path – as CEO and co-founder of a startup that will use social media to help people with mental illnesses (Rmdy Mental Healthcare Navigation).

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