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A new film, entitled It’s Dark Here, aims to bring awareness about mental health issues and erase the stigma of talking about them.
The indie drama is a directorial debut from Adam Coplan, and is based upon the true story of a 20-year-old named Jason Tennies, who suffered an apparent mental breakdown shortly before he was struck by a car and passed away in 2010.
Jason’s parents, David and Linda Tennies, created an organization to honor their son and help those battling mental issues. The Jason Tennies Memorial Foundation is a non-profit that helps raise funds and awareness for research on Schizophrenia, Depression, Autism, and Bi-Polar Disorders.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in every four American adults suffers from mental disorders each year. Bi-polar disorder, for example, affects approximately 5.7 million adults. Schizophrenia is said to affect about 2.4 million.
On their website, jasontennies.org, his parents mention that they hope It’s Dark Here will open up discussion about mental health issues. “Hopefully this film will reach many families, and let them know they are not alone,” they said. “Education on mental disorders is essential.”
Actor Bubba Lewis was chosen to play the role of Jason in the film.
“I feel very lucky and blessed to bring this true story to film. I hope to make you proud Jason,” Lewis tweeted.
He will undoubtedly bring an honest, real, and touching portrayal of Jason’s story to the screen.
His appearance in 2004’s Lifetime movie, Miracle Run, about the stigmas that autistic children face, showed that Lewis commits to challenging roles and makes them as authentic and relatable as possible.
Be sure to spread the word and check out It's Dark Here when it’s released in 2013.