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To mark MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK (Loneliness), we’ll be watching Leave No Trace (2018)

Updated: May 11, 2023

Mental Health Awareness Week


9-15 May 2022


Leave No Trace (2018) by Debra Granik

One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution, but, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others. 

Source: Mental Health Org

The Office for National Statistics has been researching people’s well-being for nearly a decade, providing a different perspective on how our country is doing, and on social inequalities. “Lockdown” affected everyone, but responses differed. During that first month, the equivalent of 7.4 million people said their well-being was affected through feeling lonely.

“Lonely” people were more likely than others to be struggling to find things to help them cope and were also less likely to feel they had support networks to fall back on.”

For information on how to cope with loneliness and improve your mental health click HERE

To mark #MHAW, we will be watching:


Directed by Debra Granik

Granik  is most known for 2004’s Down to the Bone, which starred Vera Farmiga, 2010’s Winter’s Bone, which starred Jennifer Lawrence in her breakout performance and for which Granik was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and for Leave No Trace (2018) based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock.

Will (Ben Foster), and his daughter Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie),  live in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

In “Leave No Trace,” she [Granik] immediately sets you down in a forest that’s so inviting, so tranquil, that it seems like utopia and all the possibilities that wistful, elusive ideal implies” –  Manohla Dargis NY Times

“When the movie opens, the young teenage girl, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), and her father, Will (Ben Foster), aren’t just living — foraging, surviving, apparently thriving – in the forest, they are existing in a state of willed invisibility”. – Manohla Dargis NY Times

Click HERE for where to watch Leave No Trace

Available to watch with closed captioning

Click HERE to see where to watch other films by Debra Granik


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