Magic Lantern Media

The Truth About Teenage Suicide

  • Grade Level: Junior High (7-9)-Senior High (10-12)
  • Subjects: Guidance, Guidance
  • Produced By: James Thomas
  • Year: 2017
  • Country: Canada
  • Language: English
  • Running Time: 60m
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In 2005 Chantal Thomas died by suicide at the age of 18. The Truth About Teenage Suicide shows the gripping true story of how her life gets completely turned upside down because of her inability to get the support she needed to overcome a number of the leading risk factors of suicide among teens. Fueled by sexual abuse, bullying, mental illness and substance abuse, in addition to being unsure if she’d be accepted because of her sexuality - Chantal’s life takes a downward spiral throughout high school until eventually losing hope.

The story is creatively created with video footage, photos, artwork and poetry left behind by Chantal, along with interviews with people were closest to her. It will resonate with students as it speaks to them directly about what issues they are facing in Grades 8 to 12.  

Producer and older brother James Thomas gives viewers a valuable in-depth look at the lessons from Chantal’s life and death, how it impacted the people around her and how it all could have been prevented.

The DVD contains a CD Soundtrack as well as 2 shorter (30 minutes each) versions of the full documentary.


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