A blockbuster summer
FOR FOUR WEEKS beginning Wednesday, July 11, St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Mental Health Awareness Team will host a midsummer mental health movie series. Come and watch a movie and join in discussion afterwards. Movies begin at 6:30 p.m., popcorn included. The series is free and open to the public.
The Mental Health Awareness Team works to expand awareness, banish stigmas, love others, share stories, and discover support. This movie series is one of their many efforts throughout the year.
JULY 11, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS
Academy Award winner Sally Field stars in this witty and compassionate film about a 60-something woman who is a hoarder living alone following the death of her mother, whom she has lived with for her whole life. After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, Doris finds her world turned upside down by a handsome new co-worker and a self-help seminar that inspires her to take a chance on love.
JULY 18, WONDER
Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. As the people around him struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s journey unites them and proves you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
JULY 25, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY
After contemplating suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, 16-year-old Craig Gilner decides to go to the hospital to seek help. Unfortunately, the youth mental health wing is closed, so he must spend his mandated five-day stay with adults. One of them, Bobby, quickly becomes his mentor – and protege, while Craig finds himself drawn to a fellow teen, Noelle.
AUGUST 1, THE MASK YOU LIVE IN
This award-winning documentary follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. The film’s protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.