MTV will air a special 60-minute documentary tonight titled “Life Continued: Defeating Depression" in conjunction with the recognition of Oct. 10 as World Mental Health Day.
Produced by Rainn Wilson's new media initiative known as SoulPancake, “Life Continued: Defeating Depression" explores the lives of two college-aged individuals from very different backgrounds who battle with severe mental health issues. It attempts to bring visibility to the strength these two draw from the people surrounding them and their inspiring journey along the path to recovery.
“Depression can be debilitating, and many teens and young adults are struggling to find their way to mental health,” stated Rainn Wilson in a press release. “SoulPancake is excited to partner with MTV to tell the brave stories of two college students who found their way out of the darkness. We hope this special can inspire viewers to seek help and support, and find the courage to heal.”
One teen featured in the special, Devin, struggles with depression primarily because he experiences extensive racism and homophobia within his community. Growing up, he was the victim of extreme bullying and teasing at the hands of his peers for being gay and felt forced to keep his sexuality hidden for most of his life.
With depression affecting a reported 19 million people in the United States annually, “Life Continued: Defeating Depression" seeks to continue to build on MTV's history of tackling issues and challenges faced by young people in America.
Check out the 60-minute special tonight, Oct. 10, on MTV at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.