How to Thrive is an explorative documentary on how science-based wellbeing strategies can help address the isolation, disconnectedness, deep dissatisfaction and loneliness we all feel in a world that's ironically more connected than ever before. Instances of anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. Nowhere is it felt more acutely than in the medical profession; where doctors are sacrificing their own mental health to save their patients. To say urgent action is required here is an understatement. Pressure is felt at all levels of the medical profession, but especially in junior doctors - with a recent spate of suicides putting Australia on the map for all the wrong reasons. What happens when we put the world's leading researchers in wellbeing together with decision-makers in this system? Can science heal our healers? Is there a secret formula to happiness and what can we all learn from these strategies to live happier, healthier and more meaningful lives?
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 some of our society’s most resilient people. They are also the ones we turn to in moments of crisis. But now they need to our help. 24.8% of doctors report having thoughts of suicide in the previous 12 months. Urgent action is needed.
What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?
Our vision is to find the secret formula to happiness and bring these learnings to a health system desperately in need of a life-line. By helping to turn the tide on anxiety, depression and suicide in 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 outcomes of the film will be to entertain audiences, provide valuable information about living a better life, and start a discussion around the importance of positive psychological health. It will provide tangible solutions to a crippling health system desperately in need of solutions. 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.
How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?
The project is in development stage. We have reached out to practitioners in Australia & US and have begun connecting with people with unique points of view to gather an up-to-date dossier of best practice in this space.
Development funding will allow us to build a more tangible project outline, through conducting more interviews, research and meeting practitioners and researchers in the field. It will allow us to attend key positive psychology conferences around the world to learn and start building relationships with key players in this space.
We will also meet the people on the receiving end of these interventions, learn about their journey and the impact positive psychology has had on them. We will also investigate the latest clinical trials to understand what the latest science is looking at, all the while focusing on tangible take away message for our audience.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?
We help that the film will demonstrate to people that regardless of what your current mental health situation is, there are methods, tools and practises that will help you live a happier, healthier and more meaningful life.
Measurement and Evaluation
What is the projects indicators for success?
We will measure participant's wellbeing throughout the filming of the documentary, and follow up with wellbeing measurement afterwards. We will also make available tools for people to measure their own wellbeing and will measure engagement with these tools as a success factor to achieving the impact vision.