Friday, March 02, 2018

Still/Falling Offers an Eye-Opening Look Inside The Teen Mental Health Crisis

Horizon Stage Presents Green Thumb Theatre’s Groundbreaking Play on Monday, March 19

Still/Falling tells the story of Nina. Nina has a great life. She loves her family, she does well in school, and her friends are awesome. But suddenly Nina starts feeling… off, and she finds herself slipping into a dark reality she cannot understand, let alone articulate to the people around her. Still/Falling follows Nina as she tries to come to terms with what it means to struggle with anxiety and depression, and to rise above it with as much strength, and as few scars, as possible. A realistic, honest, and bitingly funny look at the difference between ‘teen angst’ and mental illness and the ways vulnerable kids can start to find their way out of the dark. Horizon Stage is honoured to present Still/Falling on Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Vancouver’s Green Thumb Theatre chose to produce Still/Falling to encourage conversation and awareness and to help students gain a deeper understanding of mental health, and especially how it can affect themselves and their peers. Green Thumb Theatre creates and produces plays that explore social issues relevant to the lives of children, youth and young adults. They provide theatre that celebrates the language and stories of today’s generation and culture to stimulate empathy, debate and critical thinking; challenging audiences to re-examine their beliefs and prejudices and to define their feelings and aspirations.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend, or colleague and 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Young Canadians are suffering from rising levels of anxiety, stress, depression and even suicide. The number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million. Once depression is recognized help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities. But, sadly, in Canada only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

If you work with teenagers, love a teenager, or are a teenager then you must see Still/Falling at Horizon Stage on Monday, March 19. Tickets are $10 for all ages and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, or online through Seating is general admission and the show is recommended for ages 12+.  Running time is 50 minutes. There will be a question and answer period with the artist after the show. Still/Falling is presented in partnership with Spruce Grove and Stony Plain FCSS. If ticket price is a barrier, subsidies are available for eligible families by calling 780-962-7618 in Spruce Grove or 780-963-8583 in Stony Plain.

“This performance is a bold, moving, and compelling portrayal of a typical adolescent girl struggling 
with anxiety and depressions. I was impressed by the quality and accuracy 
of the mental health messages communicated throughout the play…” 
- Ekin Blackwell, Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety BC

“This is an incredibly important work - not just for teens to see- but I think necessary for parents to see… if parents of young people could see this play they might be moved… to offer help and understanding to their children instead of getting mad at them.” 
- Deborah Roberts, Parent

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