From Hanging to Hang ON: A True Story of a Suicide Survivor, Overcoming Depression, and Achieving Happiness
Discover a one-of-a-kind mental health story of a young kid with a big dream, to become an animator. On his way he faces college dramas, hardship, loss, trauma, homelessness, and after a suicide attempt by hanging, finds his strength to Hang ON. A true story about falling into depression, surviving a suicide attempt, and how to fight your way out in pursuit of your dreams.
The second half is a comprehensive guide from depression to happiness. The "Path to Hope" lessons are filled with relatable analogies and casual perspectives such as comparing negative emotions to broken trucks, suicide to stranger danger, and chronic depression to frozen pizza. It's an animated guide on depression, written by the happiest person to talk about it.
Written and Lived by, Nick LeDonne.
Artist, Animator, Professor, Suicide Prevention Speaker, and The Happiest Person to Talk About Depression.
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About the author
Self described as "The Happiest Person to Talk About Depression," Nick LeDonne is an animator, author, and mental health advocate.
Previously he was an animator at Nickelodeon on the series, "Blue’s Clues & You" and an animation professor at both the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Rutgers University. Currently he works as a freelance animator in Los Angeles.
His animated short films "Hanging" and "Dear Dad" have screened internationally in 30 countries winning accolades such as "Best Animated Short" at the Catalina Island Film Festival and official selection at Animation Day in Cannes. His films pull from personal mental health stories that earned exhibitions at the Canadian Mental Health Association's MH4A Conference and the 26th European Congress of Psychiatry.
LeDonne mixes his passion for art, health, and education through his new book and speaker program, "From Hanging to Hang ON" to address life-saving topics of youth suicide prevention.
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