More Than Sad: Teen Depression educates teens to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others. The program helps to remove the stigma from depression by understanding it as an illness, promotes the importance and acceptability of seeking help, and demystifies the treatment process.
The film features four character vignettes, each presenting a different manifestation of depression, and a different path to finding help.
“Lana,” a 14 year old Hispanic girl who becomes sad and withdrawn from her friends, is referred to treatment by her mother. “Ray,” a 16 year old African-American boy who excels in schools and sports, seeks treatment on his own when his symptoms of anxiety and depression become unmanageable. “Jake,” a 15 year old Caucasian boy with a violent temper and an increasing drinking problem, gets help after his friends confide in a school counselor. “Delia,” a lonely, chronically depressed 16 year old girl, is referred to a therapist by her family doctor when she claims to be sick and unable to go to school after being humiliated by classmates over the Internet.
More Than Sad teaches the signs and symptoms of depression, encourages teens to seek help for depression from a trusted adult, and demystifies treatment. The program is engaging, based on sound principles, and sensitive to cultural differences. I recommend it highly. —Dr. Ralph E. Cash, President, National Association of School Psychologists"
The intended audience for the film is teens between the ages of 14 and 18. Although it can also be useful in educating teachers, counselors, parents and other adults who work closely with adolescents about the problem of depression in teens.