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WCC hosts film screening, conversation examining mental health among youth

Post Date:10/22/2016 9:24 a.m.

Audience will explore how to help struggling youth

Oct. 26 event is especially relevant for educators


BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Whatcom Community College in partnership with the Bellingham School District and Western Washington University invites the community to a 6 p.m. Oct. 26 exclusive free screening and discussion of the film Listen: It Only Takes a Moment at WCC’s Heiner Theater. Created by youth activist and award-winning filmmaker Erahm Christopher, the film and subsequent conversation examines mental health among young people and encourages adults to become better listeners and lifelines for young people who are struggling with problems such as cyberbullying, racism, self-harm, violence, isolation and suicide. Teens and adults are invited to join the special event to share their experiences.

According to the filmmaker, the goal of the program is to unite communities in support of young people. The film’s website describes Listen as telling the story of nearly every high school in this country where students hide their pain, friends ignore each other’s cries for help, and adults are too overwhelmed to stop and listen. For more information regarding the film, visit

Contact: Mary Vermillion, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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