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Student-produced Film on Teenage Anxiety and Depression Premieres Wednesday 

A film created by teenagers, about teenagers dealing with depression and anxiety makes its premiere Wednesday, March 21st at Husson University.”The Road Back” also stars local high school students.Their goal — to help other teenagers who struggling with difficult issues know they’re not alone.As one of the lead actors in the film, “The Road Back”, Hermon High school senior Natalie Johnson can relate to dealing with teenage depression. “I actually was drawn to Allie, the character I play, because she was depressed and I had previously gone through depression.”She hopes her performance will encourage other teenagers to realize they can find freedom, too.”It’s awful to go through something like that and it’s just a beautiful feeling to be out of that. And I want more teenagers to understand that they can get help and that isn’t how they have to feel for the rest of their life.””I hope people will ignore the social stigmas that go along with anxiety and depression and that they realize it is treatable and people can’t help it. And everyone is dealing with it. A lot of people deal with it throughout their lives.”Sophomore Faith Bishop wrote and directed the film, with the help of the non-profit group “Project AWARE” and Acadia Hospital, which produced the film. It’s been in production since last fall. Junior Josh Devou believes a film by teenagers, for teenagers will start some important conversations about teenage mental health issues. “Often times people dismiss it as teen angst or just a kid thing and you’re growing up. But I think this is something that needs to be talked about on serious issue.”As for finally seen the movie on the big screen, Bishop says the public showing will be bittersweet for a project she and other students have poured their lives into.”I’ve been working on this for almost a year. This is the end, it’s getting to the end. But it’ll be really rewarding. it’ll be great to see all the people I’ve worked with in one place, on a great night.””The Road Back” will be shown at Gracie Theater on the Husson Campus Wednesday, March 21st at 7 p.m. to a sold-out audience.Besides it’s local premiere, the movie will also be given to schools throughout the state as part of Acadia Hospital’s outreach program.It’s also scheduled to air on TV5 Saturday, April 14 at 7p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. on the CW.