Onalaska High School hosts ‘Tell My Story’ film screening to raise awareness about mental health

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) — Onalaska High School showcased a film on Wednesday that focused on the truths about mental illness. The film “Tell My Story” features a father who seeks answers after his 14-year-old son dies by suicide.

In 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General declared youth mental health a national crisis. Organizers say this movie starts a necessary conversation.

“Talking about suicide and talking about mental health struggles is not easy, but the more we just open up the lines of communication and the more that we advocate for our children — just make sure that we’re allowing our students and our children to feel comfortable talking about it is the biggest thing,” said Emily Perry, mental health coordinator for the Onalaska School District.

The event received help from several community organizations including the Mental Health Coalition of the Greater La Crosse Area.

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