Lives at Stake: Suicide and Mental Health During COVID
If we save one life, we save the world.
We all come from families, histories, and stories that throughout our lives are either reconciled or not based on the trajectory of our lives. How do we negotiate the waters of our existence in such troubling times? Mariel comes from a famous family that suffered from extreme mental illness and has been plagued with suicides. The current pandemic has sent our world to its proverbial side. More people have suffered at the hands of depression and attempts of suicide in the state of California alone than even coronavirus. As a result of COVID-19, the quarantine, alienation, and isolation have drummed up numerous cases of pain and relapse.
Actress, Founder, Dead Poets Foundation
Mariel Hemingway is considered an expert in health—both mental and physical — and is a longtime advocate of personal power, life balance, authenticity, joy, and finding peace of mind through a devoted practice of healthy living.
She’s both a committed teacher and student in this holistic concentration. In 2014 Mariel co-executive produced the Emmy-nominated Running From Crazy, a rich and evocative documentary about the Hemingway family, collaboration with Oprah Winfrey. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She documents her boundless advocacy for mental health awareness, the dignity and rights of people of all circumstances and ability, and her commitment to connecting those of like mind and heart to optimize their lives in the best and worst of times.