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CONFESSIONS OF A BULLY

Many anti-bullying materials focus exclusively on the victims - but what about the bullies themselves? This unique, documentary-style program addresses the nationwide bullying crisis from the perpetrator's point of view. Real former bullies offer frank descriptions of how they once mistreated and harassed their peers, explaining why they acted that way and why they decided to change their behavior. The teens also provide real-life advice on how to stop bullying and make amends. Psychology experts analyze the root causes of bullying and offer guidance on how to stop it.

DVD / / (Grades 7-College) / 17 minutes

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COPING WITH DATING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

Consultants: Dr. Shanti Kukarni, Ph.D and Melissa Siegel, Director of Lovespeaksout.com

Dating abuse is on the rise in high schools and colleges - it is a serious problem that affects many teens, female and male. This program listens to the experiences of four girls and one boy who vividly describe their experiences and offer advice on what to do if you are being abused and how/where to get help. Program describes five types of dating abuse: physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, and social media based. Particular attention is paid to Internet dating which is gaining in popularity and has its own unique dangers. Viewers learn the warning signs of potential abuse situations and how to help others who are caught in abusive relationships.


DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 19 minutes

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HEROIN RISING: CHEAP, ADDICTIVE AND DEADLY

Teen heroin use is on the rise again. Heroin use can result in significant health problems including overdose and death; and, if sharing needles or other injection equipment, exposure to HIV, hepatitis C, and other diseases. SAMHSA reports, "heroin is a highly addictive opiate with a large potential for abuse. It is a danger to teens, resulting in serious psychological, social, educational and legal consequences." This program interviews recovering teen heroin addicts to tell their cautionary stories...When, how and why did they start taking heroin? What damage did it do to their bodies and lives? How hard is it to stay clean? How many friends have OD'd on heroin? Drug abuse counselors add their advice and guidance on how to avoid this deadly drug.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 19 minutes

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MOLLY: INNOCENT NAME, DEADLY DRUG

Molly, a pure form of Ecstasy or MDMA, is the new, hot drug of choice for many young people who falsely believe the drug is safe. Often handed out at raves and cut with a variety of dangerous substances, Molly is exposed as the grave danger that it really is. Interviews with former Molly users and drug abuse experts drive home the message that taking Molly is playing Russian Roulette with your life.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 16 minutes

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OVERDOSE EPIDEMIC: WHAT CAN BE DONE TO STOP IT?

The spike in drug overdose is alarming and dangerous - it has become an epidemic in many communities across the country. Why is this happening? This program takes a hard look at drug overdose from three points of view - an ER doctor, a pharmacologist, and several teens who have overdosed and lived to tell about it. Viewers learn the most lethal drug overdose happens when users combine various drugs that can cause almost instant death. The program includes vital information on how to recognize drug overdose in others and how to get immediate help.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 20 minutes

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PERFECTION

Perfection is powerful short-form documentary about three girls and their struggles with eating disorders. The film chronicles the day-to-day lives of Shannon, Steph and Colleen, who discuss what it's like coping with the sometimes overlapping symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and EDNOS (Eating disorder not otherwise specified). Viewers will pick up on the common themes such as striving for perfection, obsession with control, especially in regards to food and weight, and the quest for acceptance, belonging, and love. Social worker Cheryl Hunsberger urges viewers to realize that eating disorders are a form of mental illness, and if not treated can lead to hospitalization and even death, as eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Director Monica Zinn made "Perfection" at 17 years of age.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 21 minutes

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POTHEAD

Pothead tells the fictional story of Trevor, a teen becoming gradually addicted to marijuana as his grades slip, his relationships with his parents and friends become strained, and his motivation to do things other than smoking marijuana diminishes.

As Trevor's downward spiral plays out, the program weaves in interviews with real teens who were potheads, but managed to turn their lives around. Their stories provide a thought-provoking counterpoint to Trevor's story, underscoring the message that addicted teens can change their lives for the better.


DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 18 minutes

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REASONS FOR HOPE, REASONS TO LIVE: PREVENTING YOUTH SUICIDE

This video emphasizes the hopeful message that suicides can be prevented. It focuses on the preventative actions that students can take if they are having thoughts of suicide or know of others who are at risk. It features the real stories of young people who found help after making an attempt or having suicidal ideation. Evidence and research-based, the program helps students:

~ Understand protective factors that decrease the risk of suicide.
~ Recognize the importance of seeking help and identifying trusted adults who can provide that help.
~ Identify the factors that increase the risk of suicide.
~ Know the warning signs that a friend or classmate may be thinking of suicide.
~ Realize the importance of not "keeping a secret" when a friend or classmate is at risk.
~ Appreciate that there are effective treatments for depression and other mental health problems.


DVD / / (Grades 7-College) / 26 minutes

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SELF INFLICTED: A FILM ABOUT NON SUICIDAL SELF-INJURY

Self Inflicted is an up close and intimate portrait of NSSI (Non Suicidal Self-Injury.) NSSI is the purposeful destruction of one's own bodily tissues in an effort to alleviate emotional distress. Typically, NSSI shows up in the form of cutting, burning, bruising, etc. Through interviews with the top research scientists in the field of NSSI, along with sociologists, as well as life-time to novice self-harmers, viewers gain insight into this increasingly common coping mechanism. Reassuring advice from the people coping with this illness, as well as from the professionals, lets viewers know that NSSI can be managed, and treated with good outcomes.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 23 minutes

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STRESS: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE HEALTHY

One-third of all teens feel some negative stress on a daily basis. But not all stress is bad. A young gymnast describes how a certain amount of stress helps him perform better. Peter Montminy, a child psychologist and wellness coach, explains how too little stress makes us bored and listless, whereas too much stress can lead to burnout and exhaustion. The program shows students the importance of achieving the right stress balance.

Real teens talk about the types of situations that cause them to become too stressed. These include academic pressures, family pressures, financial worries, social pressures, and self-imposed pressures to excel. They also describe their experience with the harmful effects of stress including headaches, anxiety, depression, and strained relationships with family and friends. Dr. Montminy and a group of teens talk about how to successfully manage stress with every day activities. A 15-year-old rap artist describes how he finds relief from stress by performing on stage - an activity that others might find stressful.


DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 23 minutes

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STRONGER, TOUGHER, SMARTER: STORIES OF TEEN RESILIENCE

Program focuses on five stories of teens who prove that it is possible to "bounce back" from painful events and hard times. Viewers hear from a girl who learned to overcome an eating disorder and another girl who recovered from addiction to alcohol. A boy describes how seeking help from his grandmother helped him cope with his mother's bout with cancer and a student demonstrates how meditation helped her deal with stress and depression. A psychologist offers specific advice on steps that anyone can take to build resilience, including seeking help and support from others, nurturing a positive self-image, looking for opportunities for self-discovery, and developing realistic goals.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 20 minutes

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TEN BAD THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT SMOKING AND TOBACCO

Kids know that tobacco use is harmful to their health, but they are stuck in the mindset that nothing bad will happen to them. This program offers teens ten reasons to change that dangerous mindset. Here are the ten facts:

1. Today's cigarettes are more lethal than ever before.
2. Nicotine is as addictive as cocaine and heroin.
3. Smoking causes type-2 diabetes.
4. Smoking causes eye disease and blindness.
5. Smoking hurts your chances of having a healthy baby.
6. Chew tobacco is as bad as smoking.
7. Second and third-hand smoke kills.
8. Tobacco causes serious environmental damage.
9. Smoking damages the immune system.
10. Why e-cigarettes are not the answer.

Consultants: David Whiteson, MD and Shobana Gupta, MD


DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 17 minutes

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TOTALLY DISGUSTING ALCOHOL GROSS OUT VIDEO

This devastating video, will get students to think twice before engaging in underage drinking. It's all there....the vomiting, the stomach pumping, the DUI's, the toilet clutching, the hangovers, the ER visits, the bad decision making. Viewers will gain a thorough understanding of how alcohol affects the body and the risks associated with alcohol use. This program delivers a strong no-use message.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 15 minutes

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TOXIC LIFE CYCLE OF A CIGARETTE

Most people know that smoking is bad for your health, but what about the lesser known effects cigarette manufacturing, consumption and disposal? In this program students hear from teenage farm workers who describe being exposed to harmful pesticides and nicotine poisoning. It details how around 600 chemical additives are added to tobacco and that the purpose of many of these chemicals is to make the experience of smoking more addictive. A leading scientist describes the hazards of secondhand smoke to nonsmokers and how they, too, are put at risk for cancer and heart disease. Students also learn how cigarette smoke can leave a toxic residue called thirdhand smoke that coats furniture, carpets, drapery and clothing and poses a lingering health risk long after smoking has stopped. Finally they see how cigarette butts make up a large part of the world's litter and that the poisonous chemicals remaining in this litter threaten wildlife and our own health.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 17 minutes

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VAPING: MORE DANGEROUS THAN YOU THINK

This video and print curriculum addresses the new craze of vaping drugs (nicotine, alcohol, liquid marijuana and others). Through interviews with teen users and medical professionals, this program clearly demonstrates the serious health risks of vaping, including drug overdose, instant high or drunk, alcohol poisoning, and impaired thinking and decision making. Explains that vaping delivers an unknown dose of drugs or alcohol directly to the brain. Vaping nicotine carries the additional risk of accidental swallowing of liquid nicotine which has put hundreds of teens into ERs. Vaping pens make it easy to disguise marijuana use because there is little or no odor.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 20 minutes

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WHAT'S UP WITH E-CIGARETTES?

Teens' use of e-cigarette and other electronic vaping devices has skyrocketed. Kids think e-cigarettes are a "safe" alternative to smoking. This program gives students the facts and urges extreme caution.Viewers learn the truth about nicotine addiction and its impact on health.They will understand that the supposedly "safe" water vapor contains other harmful chemicals as well. E-cigarettes are unregulated by the FDA and the amount of nicotine in each e-cigarette varies, so that the user never knows what's inside. E-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA for smoking cessation. Viewers will also learn that big tobacco companies are using advertising techniques to lure in users and hook them for life.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / / (Grades 7-College) / 20 minutes

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