47 minutes | Dec 7th 2020

Episode 42: Black Ice - Jake Miskin & Chris Roberts

This episode deals with themes related to suicide. If you or anyone you know are having thoughts of suicide, whether passive or active, please use the resources provided below: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor Free 24/7 support at your fingertips US and Canada: text 741741 UK: text 85258 | Ireland: text 50808 **** A quick note! I reference a proof of concept short video for Black Ice in the podcast, it currently is not available as it is being reworked and edited**** In the film, Black Ice – We follow Will Mankus, a star high school hockey player, deal with the aftermath of his best friend and teammate Danny Arnold’s sudden suicide. The tragic loss triggered Nehoiden, Massachusetts and Will to question what has happened to this beautiful town, that has tradition written all over it. The backbone of “Black Ice” is based on events that took place between 2004-2009 in the town of Needham, MA. The Needham community was going through tough times. There had been a cluster of suicides. Needham, Massachusetts had a problem, and no one had an answer. Students were not dealing with it well. It was very quiet at school for quite some time. At that moment there was no real peer counseling available for kids. Students had to find their own way of support. Either a faculty member they knew closely or a group of friends, but even then, no one knew how to talk to each other. "Kids are starting to say things like, 'There's something wrong with Needham. Are we cursed?' which is disturbing," Richards said. "But remember, it's not just about drug use, it's not just about too much homework. Let's not rush to put a simple answer on it." - Principle Richards – 2006 (Wicked Local – Needham) Will Mankus has a tough road to overcome after the death of Danny. Questioning the final conversations, he had with Danny, the community involvement, and the sport he loves, hockey. BLACK ICE needs to be told. As teen suicide continues to happen. It is imperative that the message behind the film be brought to light to help change the public discussion on this pertinent issue. https://www.facebook.com/officialblackicethemovie/ https://www.instagram.com/official_blackice_themovie/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steven-opalenik/support
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