Rya Partible, Isaac Silva, and Amelie Phua
Foothill High School
One of the problems we have frequently found in adolescents is a struggle to find the right words when communicating with someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. “Dear Friend,” is a visual “how to” for a healthy conversation with a friend pondering suicide. We tried to portray a variety of situations and types of friends that would be able to provide help (for example, a classmate can help equally as much as a best friend). While writing our script, we did a lot of research on what the best things were to say when you fear your friend is thinking about suicide. While working together on this film, we were able to open up to each other about our own struggles with depression and have good dialogue together based off of our work.