In December, we created a PSA and launched our first crowdfunding campaign. With the help of many generous donors, we raised over $10,000 in 24 hours. Within a few months, we had raised over $25k.
With this money, we were able to hire an incredibly talented director, Nate Townsend, and a professional production team from L.A. With their help, we were able to create the documentary short that we hope you have just viewed at the top of this page. This short serves as a preview for the full-length feature documentary we hope to produce in 2016.
With our initial crowdfunding campaign, we were also able to afford legal services to help us file for 501c3 non-profit status. We are currently approved by the State of Missouri and federally as “Project Wake Up’. We will use our NPO to create the documentary and to continue to advocate for mental health and suicide awareness for the rest of our lives.
GOALS OF PROJECT WAKE UP
- Investigate and fix current inadequacies in mental health funding, resources/awareness, and suicide prevention.
Start the conversation about mental health and suicide in order to help eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness that prevents so many from seeking the help they need.
Educate on common suicidal warning signs
Highlight and illustrate important and innovative suicide prevention methods.
Encourage changes in legislation that pertain to mental health.
Keep Ryan Joseph Candice's memory alive.
RISKS & CHALLENGES
Our biggest challenge is funding. But with your help, we can bring this project to fruition. Whether you donate five dollars or five thousand dollars, we will use your money to create a film that WILL save lives.
There are currently many documentaries and many being made that pertain to suicide awareness. Our documentary sets itself apart in a number of ways. We are a group of 24 year olds trying to bring about real change. We have insight into college campuses and college-aged kids that many others do not. Our director, Nate Townsend, is young and talented and will present a film that college-aged kids actually want to watch. This will not be your stereotypical educational documentary that collects dust in a psychologist's office. This documentary will be emotional, relatable, visually captivating, and incredibly powerful. We will settle for nothing less.
Our passion is real. Our story is powerful. The cause is incredibly important.