This might be our most important, most helpful podcast yet. Blake, Kofi & Rich are joined by Eric Windeler, co-founder of the Canadian youth mental health initiative Jack.org, to discuss our first musical, Dear Evan Hansen.
The movie follows an anxious, isolated high-school student (Ben Platt) through an increasingly complex web of deception when a letter he writes to himself is misinterpreted as the suicide note of a fellow schoolmate (Colton Ryan).
Directed by Stephen Chbosky, with a screenplay by Steven Levenson and songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is a film that ought to provoke crucial conversations between parents and kids about their struggles. After all, one in seven Canadian youth reports having suicidal thoughts. It's the leading cause of death for young people in Canada.
Eric shares his experience as the father of a son lost to suicide, as well as some well-researched advice and resources dedicated to empowering youth and parents to address concerns about mental health.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, call:
Talk Suicide Canada 1.833.456.4566
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Resources from Jack.org:
Be There resource: www.BeThere.org
Be There Certificate online course: www.BeThereCertificate.org
Book a Jack Talk: www.jack.org/Talks
Start a Jack Chapter: www.jack.org/Chapters
Attend a Jack Summit: www.jack.org/Summits
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