Becca Rich had been documenting her own experiences parenting a young child with behavioural challenges for four years, yet when she decided to go public she was totally unprepared for the avalanche of responses from parents just like her. Heartbroken, exhausted, loving families, frustrated with the health system, ostracised by schools and friends and worn down by the challenges of supporting different, “challenging” kids.
In this barrier breaking documentary, Becca Rich turns the camera on herself and these families to capture what it’s like living with children with mental health challenges. Together - and under the guidance of health professionals and frontier thinkers in holistic health - they undertake a radical experiment to explore kinder, smarter, healthier approaches to this ‘silent pandemic’, in the hopes of revealing a revolutionary path forward for these children and their families.
In a world where different, sensitive kids drive parents to exhaustion, depression, anger and divorce. Where kids are prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that inhibit their development and claim their healthy futures. Where those who do not fit in the education institutions, and are not seen for who they truly are, can and do end up with long term mental health issues, unemployed and/or in jail, Beautiful Souls tells a different story.
A love story, dedicated to Becca’s son and all the others like him, whose diversity may create massive challenges but whose gifts point to a brighter future for all of us on this planet.