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Out of the Dark

Olympic athlete Raven Saunders shares how she found the strength to face childhood trauma, celebrity pitfalls, and suicidal ideation to become a mental health advocate for athletes. 

An Olympic Athlete Takes on Depression

Featuring the personal story of Olympic shot putter Raven Saunders, this short film dives deep into Raven’s childhood trauma, the intensity of her 2016 Olympic experience, and the pitfalls of celebrity that challenged her mental health. After receiving care for depression, Raven spoke out about her struggles and became a leading advocate for mental health dialogue among athletes.  

This film is part of the Well Beings Out of the Dark docuseries showcasing the inspiring personal stories of the most influential youth activists in the mental health space. Each episode takes an in-depth look at the struggles each overcame, the impact of their work, and their continued mental health journeys.

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About The Series

Out of the Dark, a youth-focused series of digital-first films tells intimate, emotional, and sometimes surprising stories of people whose lives have been impacted by mental health issues. The series is diverse by ethnicity, age and gender, and is designed to spark dialogue, create awareness, and inspire a generation of young people to be vocal and open about their mental health journey.​​ Premiering May 3, 2021.

Funding Credits

Support for the Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project provided by Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, One Mind, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dana Foundation, Dauten Family Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, John & Frances Von Schlegell, Sutter Health, Robina Riccitiello, and Jackson Family Enterprises.

Partners include CALL TO MIND at American Public Media, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, WE Organization, Forbes, PEOPLE, Mental Health America, National Council for Behavioral Health, The Steve Fund, and The Jed Foundation.

Production Credits

A film by Redglass Pictures
Directed by Sarah Klein & Tom Mason
Executive Producers: Kelly Deckert & Justin Rhodes, John Wilson

Special Thanks To

Hannah Lucas and Charlie Lucas
Akeem Rollins
Raven Saunders

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