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The feature documentary is the primary product of the Anxious and Depressed project. Shooting for a feature average of 90 minutes and bringing a culmination of experts in mental health and ministry, it is sure to grab attention.
The multi-part series brings people on a journey to educate and encourage those struggling with anxiety and depression. Based on a small group model, the series takes aim at the isolation that can keep people trapped.
'Anxious and Depressed' is a project created by Novel Films to empower and educate the Church to overcome the mental health epidemic that is anxiety and depression. The project is made up of a feature-length documentary and a 6-part teaching series titled "The Journey Continued".
Anxious and Depressed
DISCOVERING THE CURE
TO THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
Americans are more anxious and depressed than ever. Billions of dollars are spent every year to dull the pain of conditions like these. Yet, the epidemic continues to intensify. What is the source of all this? Where is all of this heading? What can we do to stop this?
Back in the winter of 2012, these were just a few of the questions that plagued Erik (director of anxious and depressed). During this time Erik had begun having severe panic attacks. These panic attacks not only lasted years, but were coupled with a life long battle of depression and anxiety.
These attacks took his suffering to a whole new level, projecting him into a relentless five year journey to find complete healing and freedom. Despite what was being told, the cause of Erik’s condition couldn’t be solved with a pill. In the wake of his searching he not only uncovered the freedom he so desperately searched for, but also the root cause of the anxiety and depression that had held him so captive.
Join Erik in his discovery of how to heal from anxiety and depression through his film “anxious and depressed.” We will be speaking with world renown authors, counselors, and psychiatrists who have helped countless people find freedom through non-conventional approaches and by leaning on the power of the Holy Spirit.
43 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE US HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS
1 IN 4 PEOPLE EXPERIENCE ANXIETY OR DEPRESSION
DEPRESSION IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY IN THE WORLD
1 IN 5 U.S ADULTS ARE TAKING AT LEAST ONE DRUG FOR A PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEM
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Thank you for showing interest in the film anxious and depressed. You may or may not know my personal story, but I spent years struggling through these two very debilitating conditions. At times it was hard to believe that my dream of creating a film would ever come to this point because of what I had experienced. Since I was a young boy, I remember having thoughts of creating a film for the world to see, but I could not shake the feelings of depression and anxiety that held me back for so long.
I coped with these feelings of anxiety and depression with the use of pornography. For roughly 20 years I was completely addicted and could not break free even though I wanted to so badly. It got to the point where my marriage, my relationship with my children, and my career were all at the breaking point due to this addiction. I knew I needed to get help and find true freedom.
Over the last three years of my life, I have experienced complete healing and freedom through God’s power at work in my life through world renown counselors. During this time I learned very key truths that helped me discover who I was in Christ. A new dedication to God’s Word transformed my life, my wife, and the lives of my three children. I have fought for my marriage aggressively, and by my own admission, I continue to complete routine polygraph tests to prove to my wife and family my commitment to purity.
I am making this documentary because I want nothing more than to help men and women who are in the same debilitating position I was for so long. I want to guide those who are crippled by anxiety and depression out of this life of bondage. Freedom from these chains is truly possible through appropriate teaching, therapists, the Word of God, and the power of The Great Counselor, The Holy Spirit.
Together at Novel Films, it is our desire to lead people into a journey that would assist them into the renewing of their minds through God’s Word. With the help of professional psychiatrists, pastors, and Bible teachers we will illuminate the truth and watch God bring freedom to the most desperate situations.
Whether you pray, give financially, or promote our efforts within your social circle; if it is in your heart to support us in any way, we can and will assure you that every dollar invested into this project will be used for the purpose of bringing true and lasting healing to many broken lives.
If you chose to be a donor or would like to commit to pray for us as we project forward with this film; It would be our honor to extend you an invite to the Novel Films family, via monthly email updates. This email would include: video, photos, as well as written content to keep you updated, involved, and also to encourage you as we journey forward with this film.
Thank you for prayerfully considering partnering with Novel Films to create anxious and depressed.