Join Us For “Friends & Neighbors” Screenings

When I landed in the bucolic Philadelphia exurbs after 25 years in New York City and left my globetrotting gig at Facebook shortly thereafter, I realized that the relentless pace of my previous life left me feeling anxious and depressed. Then came COVID, and a PTSD diagnosis.

I realized pretty quickly that I wasn’t alone.

More than half of Americans report that the pandemic negatively impacted their mental health. In 2023, nearly 40% of U.S. adults reported symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. And 60% of young people say they feel “completely overwhelmed.”

I set out to document what was happening, and what could be done.

My new film, “Friends & Neighbors,” features insights and action from my actual friends and neighbors: Sarah McBride, WRK Group CEO Logan Herring, former Director of Community & Family Services for Delaware Alonna Berry, Look for the Good CEO Anne Kubitsky, Center for Change Director Winden Rowe, Somatic Psychotherapist Matthew Tousignant, Music Therapist Kelli Rae Powell, and other educators, medical and mental health experts, activists and authors.

I’m screening “Friends & Neighbors” throughout Mental Health Awareness Month in May! Each 70-minute screening will feature Q&A with my friends and neighbors from the documentary.

  • Wed 4/24 – Dubuque Film Festival |  Tickets
  • Thu 5/2 – Theatre N Wilmington | Tickets
  • Sat 5/4 – Rehoboth Beach Film Society | Tickets
  • Sat 5/11 – Theatre N Wilmington | Tickets
  • Sun 5/12 – Theatre N Wilmington | Tickets
  • Fri 5/17 – Easttown Library Berwyn | Tickets
  • Wed May 22 – Varsity Cinema Des Moines | Tickets

So many of you helped me love this film into being, and, as Fred Rogers used to say, “Make the mentionable manageable.” I hope you’ll visit to learn more, and join us at a theater near you!

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