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'To Save a Life' teaches teens to be responsible for their actions

To Save a Life is a movie about the choices teens make and how those choices impact others.

There's a new movie out that parents may want their teenagers to see.

To Save A Life is a movie about the choices teens make on a daily basis. The goal of the production is to open communication, reach kids where they are at, and cut to the heart of issues they deal with every day.

The movie shows teens that they are responsible for their actions, for how they treat others, for what sort of school they attend, etc. It demonstrates the ability students have to make a difference to those who are hurting.

The story is about an all-star athlete named Jake, and his girlfriend, who find their lives spinning out of control when Jake loses a childhood friend.

Help comes when he reaches out to others who are hurting, and he realizes some people "are just dying to be heard."

It's estimated that depression strikes about one out of eight teenagers, and according to the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, up to 39 percent of teens have had at least one episode of self-injury each year. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10-to 19-year-olds (National Institute of Mental Health.)

"I wrote the script based upon what I've seen in my work with teens," said Jim Britts, screenwriter. "This is a hurting generation in need of hope and friendship."

The movie's Facebook page has been indunated.

Producers have heard from families who have lost a child to suicide, teens who are struggling with self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy as well as students who are feeling empowered to reach out to others.

"One of our hopes was that the film would model for teens how to reach out to others and offer encouragement," said Britts. "It's amazing to see how social networking has provided a tool for students to do that even before they've seen the movie."

"Teens are saying on our website they are reaching out to the lonely in their schools. They are seeking help for their addictions. They are looking out for others."

Following are a few of the Facebook posts from teens:

This movie has changed the way I see high school and the kids in it. I've really opened my eyes to see past the acts kids put on, pretending that they are okay."

Patrick: It's more than a movie, it's real life. It will save lives if people see this, because then they will better understand how their actions affect others, and how people feel sometimes."

To Save A Life opens Friday, March 5 at the Midway Mall Cinema 9 in Alexandria. For more information on the film, visit the website