This short film is raising awareness of mental health disorders in young adults

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The impact of mental health disorders on young adults continues to affect millions of Americans, with a steadily increasing number of reported cases nationally in the last 10 years. 
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The impact of mental health disorders on young adults continues to affect millions of Americans, with a steadily increasing number of reported cases nationally in the last 10 years.

According to recent data, nearly 1 in 5 adults suffers from some type of mental illness, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

A new short film entitled “Finding Wilson” is aiming to raise awareness of mental health problems in young people around the world – where there remains a crucial need of support services for individuals dealing with different types of disorders.

Filmed in Britain, and with the support of The Lucy Rayner Foundation, the short film is aiming to encourage more health funding for young adults including those affected by symptoms of depression and general mental health challenges.

With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in England, and young adults also experiencing a decline in mental health, especially post-COVID, the upward trend is a concern for many nations around the world. As the impact of mental health problems can have great consequences for individuals, their families and the wider community, the filmmakers behind the short are aiming their sights on putting mental health support programs on the global health agenda.

Produced by British production company Fact Not Fiction films, “Finding Wilson” tells the story of young girl who finds herself encountering a stranger in a local woodland. The weather is picture-perfect as 15-year-old Jess staggers along a fallen tree trunk. She is waiting alone in a clearing, deep in the forest with a dog leash in her hand. However, once a stranger named Nicky, a trained combat medic dealing with PTSD, shows up, audiences are introduced to the precariously difficult state of mind that Jess is living in.

Trailer for Finding Wilson

As the ongoing impact of mental health disorders can have life-altering circumstances for many young adults, there remain significant hurdles in getting appropriate treatments into the mainstream. The problem is also exacerbated by an increasing number of different and often complex mental health issues in the wider population.

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