The short documentary, « COPE: Seek to Speak Now », is a performative advocacy on Nichols’ modes. In the film, Connor O’Brien, a senior at the University of South Carolina shows many of his personal daily routines as any other average college student. O’Brien shows his life is like most other college students. However, he struggles with mental disorders such as anxiety and depression in all sorts of aspects in his life. Luke Rankin, a member of student government, explains his own experiences and what student government and the University of South Carolina has to offer for students with mental illness and how to work towards solutions. This film’s purpose is about raising awareness for the increasing number of college students with mental illnesses across the nation. The increase of suicides related to anxiety and depression has lead to a mental health crisis with over 50% of college students feeling depressed and finding it difficult to function. Mental health is not talked about enough. Our goal is to help students feel more comfortable with speaking about their mental health. All too often students suffering with mental illness hold in their depression and it is extremely unhealthy. Awareness must be brought to friends, family, or teachers to help their peers and loved ones talk about what they are going through to seek help with mental disorders.
Directed by: Samuel Brewer, Jacob Cohen and William Kempf
Produced by: Samuel Brewer, Jacob Cohen and William Kempf
Edited by: Samuel Brewer, Jacob Cohen and William Kempf
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