PREMIERING this October, the new documentary How to Thrive: a practical guide to happiness, is a heartfelt, hopeful journey which tracks the successful transformation of seven participants with mental health issues, guided by a positive psychotherapist, Marie McLeod.
How to Thrive asks: ‘If we offer the science of happiness to people experiencing struggle, what difference would it make?’ Throughout the film, McLeod sets out to create change by offering participants interventions that focus less on their issues, problems and disorders – and instead on the things that are going well in their lives.
Its goal? To offer actionable tools and strategies for audiences to adopt towards lifelong wellbeing and happiness regardless of where they are on the mental health continuum.
A first documentary from Beyondedge directed by Duy Huynh, How to Thrive launches to coincide with Mental Health Week and is a direct response to the growing mental health crisis.
Dr Peggy Kern, a positive psychologist researcher at the University of Melbourne and an expert on measuring wellbeing and its impact on life trajectory oversaw the program and its impact through tracked data.
“Throughout the program, participants developed skills and resources to support their wellbeing, and felt increasingly able to take care of themselves well. Importantly, psychological distress, feelings of struggle, and loneliness decreased across the program, with decreases sustained two years later, with a nearly 150 percent increase in confidence around wellbeing skills.”
How to Thrive will screen at Village Cinemas Shepparton on Sunday, October 16 at 4pm, and Wednesday, October 26 at 6.30pm with a special Q&A with Duy Huynh and Marie McLeod.
To book your seat, please visit howtothrivefilm.com