Don't Give Up Directed by Diane Leslie Kaufman won the Best Music Video Award
About the Director: Diane Leslie Kaufman
Here I am at the 2019 NAMI walk feeling happy and proud. I am holding a poem poster and wearing a poem t-shirt. I wrote these poems and they're about mental health and the importance of community, I am a poet, artist, child psychiatrist, suicide attempt survivor, suicide loss survivor, and I have Bipolar II Disorder. I'm the founder-director of the Arts & Healing Resiliency Center at Mind Matters PC in Hillsboro, Oregon. Don't Give Up began as a poem I wrote in response to hearing the despair and suicidality expressed by my youth patients. I could hear a song in the poem. With my creative collaborators, poem became song, animated video, and public service announcement. Such is the power of the expressive arts.
Don't Give Up
Behind the scene