Mia (16) has been feeling low. She’s even been contemplating suicide. After an argument with her best friend Mia discovers she’s been suffering from depression and anxiety. She is referred to a specialist unit and starts to learn how to cope with her feelings. Help is out there.
Content heads up: depiction of depression and anxiety
I thought it was normal, how teenagers are supposed to feel.
I was always behind with my homework and
couldn’t concentrate in lessons.
I was getting grief from my teachers.
I never really told my friends how I was feeling.
I was embarrassed.
‘Are you sick?’
I got into an argument with my best friend,
‘I didn’t mean it like that.’
and it all came out.
Leave me alone! I wish I was dead!
Apparently Alishah’s brother had the same problem,
she said I should go to the doctor.
‘How are you Mia?’
Those simple words hit me and made me realize
how bad I was feeling.
They told me that I have depression and anxiety,
and referred me to a specialist team that could help.
It was such a relief.
So now I’m getting help,
I’ve learnt how to deal with my feelings.
If I feel low one day, I don’t beat myself up about it.
Life’s like a mini rollercoaster,
you just have to take each day as it comes.
Director: Vicki Kisner
Vicki Kisner writes and directs short films, campaign films, social awareness films and is currently writing her first feature length script. Vicki’s short films have screened at various international film festivals including Raindance, Aesthetica, Durban International Film Festival and Zimbabwe International Film Festival to name just a few. Alongside her short films she has been commissioned to make a number of social awareness and campaign films for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. MIA’S STORY, written by Katey McDonagh, was made with the West London Mental Health Trust and was based on the testimony of young service users. The film screened at the London Short Film Festival, Mind Rights Film Festival in Portugal and at the Mental Health Channel’s Online Film Festival.