A Film by Jack Youngelson — Produced by Sian Edwards-Beal & David Beal

A Film by Jack Youngelson — Produced by Sian Edwards-Beal & David Beal

With unprecedented access to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, HERE. IS. BETTER. interweaves the inspiring stories of men and women veterans overcoming the debilitating effects of PTSD with treatments that can work, bringing hope to millions. Featuring a score by Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers and original songs by Kara DioGuardi and Josin.

With unprecedented access to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, HERE. IS. BETTER. interweaves the inspiring stories of men and women veterans overcoming the debilitating effects of PTSD with treatments that can work, bringing hope to millions. Featuring a score by Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers and original songs by Kara DioGuardi and Josin.

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HERE. IS. BETTER. chronicles the stories of four service men and women, whose grit, smarts, and perseverance are on full display as they allow cameras to witness their most deeply personal, inevitably tense, raw, and honest therapy sessions in real—time. The film seeks to bring understanding to how the human mind responds to trauma, to what a diagnosis of PTSD means, and how PTSD can impact daily life, far removed from a military setting. The film does not seek to be prescriptive, but rather illustrates how the right fit of trauma therapies and other beneficial modalities can transform darkness into light for these veterans who gave so much but came home with little understanding of what happened to them while serving their country.

While veterans can be up to four times more likely to have PTSD than civilians, the root causes of PTSD are wide—ranging. What needs to be understood is that trauma comes in all forms, including the impact of sexual or physical assault, natural disasters, abuse, exposure to violence, serious health issues, or the death of a loved one. Seemingly unexceptional events can adversely affect people in different professions, from frontline medical workers to EMS to grocery store clerks to delivery couriers. This film is meant to help veterans who have experienced trauma, but also to help audiences who may be experiencing the aftermath of any devastating event and have no idea where or how to find a path forward. As the world still grapples with the collective trauma of the pandemic, the need for effective mental health treatment — free from stigma — is more important than ever.

HERE. IS. BETTER. illustrates how the seemingly impossible mission to heal may become possible as John, Teresa, Jason, and Tabitha choose to face each day with the bravery to seek help and the hope of what help can bring. 

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HERE. IS. BETTER. chronicles the stories of four service men and women, whose grit, smarts, and perseverance are on full display as they allow cameras to witness their most deeply personal, inevitably tense, raw, and honest therapy sessions in real—time. The film seeks to bring understanding to how the human mind responds to trauma, to what a diagnosis of PTSD means, and how PTSD can impact daily life, far removed from a military setting. The film does not seek to be prescriptive, but rather illustrates how the right fit of trauma therapies and other beneficial modalities can transform darkness into light for these veterans who gave so much but came home with little understanding of what happened to them while serving their country.

While veterans can be up to four times more likely to have PTSD than civilians, the root causes of PTSD are wide—ranging. What needs to be understood is that trauma comes in all forms, including the impact of sexual or physical assault, natural disasters, abuse, exposure to violence, serious health issues, or the death of a loved one. Seemingly unexceptional events can adversely affect people in different professions, from frontline medical workers to EMS to grocery store clerks to delivery couriers. This film is meant to help veterans who have experienced trauma, but also to help audiences who may be experiencing the aftermath of any devastating event and have no idea where or how to find a path forward. As the world still grapples with the collective trauma of the pandemic, the need for effective mental health treatment — free from stigma — is more important than ever.

HERE. IS. BETTER. illustrates how the seemingly impossible mission to heal may become possible as John, Teresa, Jason, and Tabitha choose to face each day with the bravery to seek help and the hope of what help can bring. 

8,000,000 American Adults Suffer From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Characters

JasonMotivated by the events of September 11, 2001, Jason enlisted in the Army National Guard. In 2006, he deployed to Afghanistan, serving as a military intelligence officer investigating...Read More
TeresaTeresa served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 as a heavy equipment operator along with Tommy, her future husband, whom she met during her service...Read More
JohnJohn was drafted in 1968 when he was 18 years old, serving with the 195th Helicopter Assault Company in Vietnam. He volunteered to be a door gunner, participating in dangerous...Read More
TabithaTabitha enlisted in the Marines at age 18, ultimately volunteering to deploy to Iraq where she took part in the “Lioness” program, assigned to Entry Control Points (ECPs) in Fallujah to search...Read More

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