VIDEO: Sneak Peek - MTV & Rainn Wilson's LIFE CONTINUED: DEFEATING DEPRESSION
MTV will air "Life Continued: Defeating Depression," a 60-minute special produced by Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT. "Life Continued: Defeating Depression" goes inside the lives of two young people from different parts of the country who fought their way through severe mental health struggles, but found hope and a path to recovery by taking steps to feel better and drawing strength from those around them. The special responds to the fact that suicide is the third-leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24, and aims to empower viewers facing emotional struggles to get help or to support friends in need. Check out a first look below!
"'Life Continued: Defeating Depression' builds on MTV's deep-rooted history of tackling issues young people are facing, and we're proud to partner with Rainn Wilson and his team at SoulPancake to use the power of storytelling to connect with the audience on this important issue," said Susanne Daniels, President of Programming, MTV. "We hope that by sharing the stories of these incredibly brave young people, we can empower viewers who are struggling to understand that they are not alone, and that things can get better."
MTV and SoulPancake have partnered with The Jed Foundation to help viewers who relate to the stories in the special take action to help themselves or someone they know. A custom resource center on the "Half of Us campaign" website (halfofus.com) will help viewers understand feelings like depression, anxiety and insecurity, and find ways to reach out for support or take action to feel better. A new campaign through the "Love is Louder" movement will empower young people to share positive messages of hope and express that their "#lifecontinued because @LoveisLouder than the pain."