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How to Thrive

Six young doctors discover whether there is a secret formula to happiness.


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  • DIRECTOR Duy Huynh

  • PRODUCER Duy Huynh / Andrew Kelly / Executive Producer: Michael Collins / Associate Producers: Marie McLeod & Dylan Cooper



Medical school has been hell. For six young doctors, finally getting to save patients for real was meant to be the fulfilment of a life-long dream. Unfortunately any romantic notions they had about medicine is crashing fast all around them. The reality of 4 hour's sleep and life or death decisions every minute is biting hard and hasn’t stopped biting.

Pressure is felt at all levels; the entire system buckling to the demand, with Our Six operating in crisis mode and literally on the verge of collapse. The message from the seniors is clear: ’toughen up, we went through it’. A spate of junior doctor suicides puts the district on the map for all the wrong reasons. Clearly we can't continue as if nothing's wrong.

A chance encounter triggers a unique offer of help that puts the hospital together with the world's leading researchers on happiness & wellbeing. Can a deeply ingrained medical system actually change? Will our six doctors discover the secret formula to happiness?

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  • $1,350,000.00

  • $250.00

  • January 2020

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

- Mental health disorder is on the rise with 35% of us experiencing some form of psychological distress.
- For 26% of us, this distress is moderate to severe depression. Add to this our increasingly stressful work environments, personal and financial pressures, and a growing reliance on social media & technology means this trend is getting worse by the day.
- Doctors are twice as likely to suffer depression
- 24.8% of doctors report having thoughts of suicide in the previous 12 months. Urgent action is needed.

How to Thrive is an intervention and an explorative documentary on how science-based wellbeing strategies can help address the isolation, disconnectedness and deep dissatisfaction we all feel in a world that’s ironically more connected than ever before.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Our vision is to uncover the science of happiness & wellbeing and bring these learnings to a health system that desperately needs a life-line. By turning the tide on anxiety, depression and suicide in medicine on one of the toughest of environments, our documentary will reveal how all of us can live happier, healthier and more meaningful lives.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The aim of the film will be to provide tangible solutions to a crippling health system desperately in need of solutions. We will demonstrate how positive psychology has lead to a process called Appreciative Inquiry and how this works in practise to create better systems for human flourishing. There is growing evidence of the power of wellbeing interventions, positive psychology and mindful practise in creating greater resilience and mental health.

The world is increasingly becoming a more anxious, polarised and deficit focused place; and whilst this thinking has it's place, we want to demonstrate a broader picture of how things could be. Based on solid research, we want to demonstrate how to build a culture of thriving; even in the toughest of environments, proving that we can all learn from these approaches for our families, friends, schools, workplaces and perhaps even in our Government discourse.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

The World’s Greatest Researchers
We have interviewed and engaged with a growing number of the world’s leading researchers who have agreed to contribute their expertise including; James Pawelski (founded the Positive Psychology Program with Martin Seligman, Pennsylvania University), Kim Cameron (Positive Leadership), Ryan Niemiec (Character Strengths), Michael Steger (Meaning & Purpose), Robert Vallerand (Passion), Lindsey Godwin (Implementer of Appreciative Inquiry), Helen Street (Environmental Context to Wellbeing),

World’s Best Practise
We profile workplaces that have led the way in wellbeing, learnt about their journey and the impact their approaches have had on individuals & their organisations and how these approaches create tangible systemic, quality, interpersonal, cultural and financial benefit to organisations.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Who benefits?
Whilst the documentary looks at Medicine as a case-study, we aim to reframe wellbeing strategies to the broader community to create individual wellbeing as well as provide approaches all workplaces can put into practice. These solutions will also be reframed in a way that all of us can benefit from, and in doing so, help homes, schools, workplaces and Governments operate with wellbeing front of mind. We will demonstrate how positive psychology has lead to a process called Appreciative Inquiry and how this works in practice to create better systems for human flourishing. Better physician wellbeing also has a direct impact on patient outcomes.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

1. Wellbeing will be measured for the organisation and individuals involved in the intervention. Results will be compared to a control group under strict academic research conditions.
2. With each intervention, the documentary will measure the social, cultural, performance and financial indicators to demonstrate efficacy beyond wellbeing.
3. The project will also measure the performance of the film and it's viewership reach as an indicator of success
4. The impact campaign will also be measured in terms of it's reach and engagement with community, workplaces, schools and institutions via screenings, resource downloads, social & tradition media engagement.
5. We will also be monitoring change in public policy, public health and patient outcomes as a measure of success.