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Bear Wade & Eric Eastman

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“Happymess” is a captivating docuseries that illuminates the pressing issue of teenage mental health in America while shedding light on the inspiring solutions that emerge from various corners of society. Delving deep into the lives of teenagers from diverse backgrounds, this series showcases the stories of resilience, compassion, and determination as they navigate the challenges that impact their mental well-being.

Through an engaging exploration of programs, organizations, educators, administrators, policymakers, parents, and teenagers themselves, “Happymess” unveils a tapestry of initiatives aimed at transforming the landscape of teenage mental health. Witness the innovative strategies employed by educators who create safe spaces, develop effective coping mechanisms, and foster supportive communities within educational institutions.

Follow policymakers and administrators as they implement groundbreaking policies and guidelines that prioritize mental health within schools, challenging the status quo and emphasizing the importance of emotional well-being. Journey alongside parents who grapple with the complexities of raising teenagers in a rapidly changing world, while also finding solace in shared experiences and supportive networks.

This series captures the diverse range of perspectives, experiences, and triumphs as teenagers bravely share their personal battles with mental health. Witness their courageous journeys as they uncover resilience within themselves, discovering inner strength and purpose that allow them to overcome adversity.

“Happymess” transcends mere awareness, providing a profound exploration of tangible solutions and promising avenues for change. By giving voice to those involved in the teenage mental health crisis, this docuseries seeks to ignite a collective determination to create a brighter future where mental health is prioritized, understood, and supported in America’s youth.

Teenage mental health is at an all time low.

And it shows in very dangerous ways.

What You’ll Learn:

-How the teenage brain develops and why that’s important to understand

-The warning signs of mental health disorders in teenagers

-How social media, contact sports, and other factors impact mental health

-What schools, families, and communities are doing to help improve the mental health of teenagers

We need your support to get our series made so we all can change the narrative of what it means to have and support mental health.
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Want to be part of something amazing?

Share your story of success!

We are looking for teenagers of diverse backgrounds, races, socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, geographic locations, etc. that are willing to share their mental health journey with us and our viewers.

Apply to be part of our documentary series.

We are looking for teens (ages 14-17) who are dealing with subjects like:

• Student who is part of the LGBTQ+ community who deals with bullying and discrimination

• Student who has experienced racism and its impact on mental health

• Driven student who struggles with the demands of an overwhelming schedule

• Student who deals with sleep deprivation and its negative impact on health

• Student who has recurring negative thoughts related to depression

• Student who is struggling with suicidal thoughts

• Student who is dealing with anxiety disorders

• Student who is battling the pressures of social media and how it impacts their mental health

• Student who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and may have auditory or visual hallucinations, and flat emotions

Share Your Success

Help others by sharing your story with those who are battling just like you.

How you can help:

Share your story.
Support the series.
Take action.



Executive Producer / Director

As an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Bear Wade has been producing captivating stories for over two decades. 

With his passion for magnifying underserved populations, he is a champion for teens getting more support in their mental health journey.

His biggest project to date is Paving The Way: The National Park-to-Park Highway, a multi-award-winning two-part historical documentary that has been airing on public television in the United States and Canada for more than a decade.

He has also produced a film series entitled “Reel Change” for the Missouri Foundation for Health, highlighting stories and solutions around the state of Missouri.

Bear also is a marketing specialist helping business owners be seen, heard, and understood. You can learn more about Bear’s work at


Executive Producer / Producer

For over 23 years, Eric Eastman has been a teacher, coach, speaker, and advisor in biology and psychology.

Eric was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in 8th grade, and through dealing with this diagnosis he grew a greater understanding of mental illness, and mental health related disorders. Over the course of his career he has been an advocate for his students who were coping with mental health related issues.

His goal is to broaden the impact that he has on the mental health conversation, and to build connections between homes, schools, health care advocates, the police, and communities throughout the United States.

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