KEY QUOTES FROM THE FILM
“It’s not talking about suicide that creates more suicide... It’s when a kid sees a suicide and has those thoughts and has no one to talk to. When they feel like there is no one to talk to this is what happens…Kids should not have to wait for a presentation at school, they should be able to talk about this whenever they need to” - Jason Reid
“If I had shown Ryan that I was not always put together and always had my life together maybe he would have realized it was okay not to have his life together” - Jason Reid
“We need to stop normalizing the moodiness of teenagers... Saying oh, teenagers they’re supposed to be like that. That’s how we see them in movies and that’s how we see them in the media. That can be really harmful for parents because they aren’t able to understand, is this just the moody teenager or is something more going on” - Monique Herbert
“Ryan’s the only thing in my life I haven’t been able to fix, I’ll never be able to fix. As a dad, it’s my job to keep him safe. I missed it.” - Jason Reid
“It’s okay to let the walls down and let people who are there for you be able to see what you’re going through. And you need to reach out and advocate for yourself to get the help you need” - Monique Herbert
“If we are concerned about somebody we should feel empowered to ask the question about suicide” - Rebecca Antillon, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.
“Whether you’re afraid of the answer or not, you do need to have the conversation” - Derek Reid
“A lot of people are afraid to talk about suicide because they’re afraid it’s gonna cause more suicide, but it’s gonna cause less” - Kasey Czech
“Ryan wanted people to know that just because someone looks happy, just because they seem like everything is alright, they might not be. And you need to check on people. You need to be connected to people. You need to pay attention to your kids. It’s Ryan being a voice for all those kids, allowing their story to be told so parents will look differently and pay more attention. More than I did. Because it’s the only way this is gonna change.” - Jason Reid
In June 2019, 1000 TEENS per week contacted the Didi Hirsh Mental Health Services lifeline which is just one of 167 Lifeline crises centers across the country.
SOME STATISTICS WE CONSIDERED
In 2017, 17.2 percent of high schoolers reported seriously considering suicide. This is a 25% increase since 2009, when just 13.8 percent of students reported seriously considering suicide.
• Every 100 minutes a teen takes their own life.
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24. (NIMH)
• About 20 percent of all teens experience depression before they reach adulthood.
• Between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time.
• Only 30 percent of depressed teens are being treated for it.