Filming FA Cole, Global Humanitarian, who is sharing her story of genital mutilation, mental health, and depression.

Serena Sun – Breaking Taboo

Date grant awarded: November 13, 2019

Breaking Taboo aims to do just that – break the taboo surrounding mental health and suicide. The goal at the forefront of all of our efforts is to save lives. The truth is, over 90% of suicides can be prevented, but the death toll has been steadily rising. Suicide does not discriminate, it is a phenomena that crosses all boundaries, and one in four people will suffer from a mental illness. One of the biggest problems is that people rarely address these issues, and even if they talk about it, they may not know what to do. Our mission is to provide vital, life saving education and tools to the public in a uniquely uplifting and assessable way, all while eliminating the taboo.

Founded by mental health advocate and suicide prevention specialist Serena Sun, who has lost loved ones to suicide more than once, she combines her background in psychology and film to produce the first documentary of it’s kind – a collaborative film work that not only shares the stories of the afflicted, but also includes a diverse pool of experts in the field of mental health. The film intends to give a raw, real look at mental health while it educates the public, provides resources, opens up difficult conversations in an empathetic light, and teaches people the tools necessary in order to save the lives of others, and of themselves.

With a strong social media presence that is growing by 300 followers per day, the public is responding the way Breaking Taboo addresses this need. Our intention is to get this vital education out to millions of viewers, though we believe that if we can save even one life, this entire project would be worth it.