Beautiful Boy // An Insight Into Mental Health & Addiction

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As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Park City Film will be presenting a free screening of Beautiful Boy on Thursday May 9th at 7pm at the Library Center Theater. The film is about the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Based on memoirs “Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction” by father David Sheff and “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines” by son Nic Sheff, the film examines the son’s addiction to meth and the father’s response to his son’s struggles.

More than one in four adults living with serious mental health problems also has a substance use problem. Substance use problems occur more frequently with certain mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. This film provides an insight into the ups and downs with substance abuse and the all-around effects and responses that substance abuse and mental health feed into each other. Not only is the person struggling with drug abuse affected, but so are the family members and close friends that surround that person.

Presented with CONNECT Summit County as part of Mental Health Awareness month. Post-film panel with Cristie Frey, Summit County Drug Court lead therapist, Arch Wright of Recovery Elevated Solutions and Drug Court participants. Rob Harter, Executive Director of the Christian Center of Park City will moderate. For more information on the film, click here. See Beautiful Boy at 7pm, May 9th at the Library Center Theater.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) and along with the free showing of Beautiful Boy, CONNECT Summit County will host talks, films and events on a range of issues throughout the entire month. Topics will include grief and loss, complementary approaches to mental health, resilience through art, the Brainstorm Film Festival and the Ask Me Anything teen panel discussion. For more information on CONNECT Summit County’s schedule, click here.

FilmKylie Harris