Mental Health Novel-to-Film Adaptation

by Felicia Johnson


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I am an author of the bestselling novel Her, a speaker, a child abuse survivor, and a mental health advocate with over ten years experience in the mental health field. When I was 15, my best friend Holly committed suicide. I found out after her death that she had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) stemming from the trauma of childhood abuse. Her story inspired me to write Her, which is a story of endurance, survival, and finding hope from within.

Her is about seventeen-year-old Kristen who loves her family, idealizes her best friend, Lexus, and has a secret crush on John. However normal her life sounds, Kristen is not like other kids her age. She feels frustrated, isolated, and confused and knows something is wrong with her. She is unable to please her abrasive mother and is scared to confront her abusive stepfather. Kristen's imaginary friend, Mr. Sharp encourages her feelings of self-loathing and pushes her to cut herself. Soon, she can't take much more, and a failed suicide attempt lands her in a mental hospital with a diagnosis ofBPD. From there, Kristen begins her journey to survival. She struggles to understand her mental illness and fights to be a survivor against her own worst enemy: self-blame.

I know, first-hand, that a diagnosis like this can be a turning point in a young person's life. One out of every four people struggles with mental illness – stop and think and you’ll discover that you probably know someone who is going through that right NOW.  Yes, mental illness is the dark secret so many live withNow you can help change this.  

This life-changing novel following the life of  a 17-year-old diagnosed with BPD is in the process of becoming an independent movie!

Have you cared about someone suffering from depression and didn’t know what to say to help them through their suffering?

You might be wondering how this movie can help you or those you care about?

Our goal: 

To change the perception of mental illness  To provide hope to those who seek help Help those suffering from mental illness, and their, families cope

We can make a difference by showing teens that they are not alone on this journey and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I want to lend a helping hand out of suffering, so that suicide will never be a viable option again. 

Our bare bones minimum goal is $2500, which will help us get the rights to film and register. Our maximum is $5000, which will help us begin preproduction casting and secure our director and producers. Every cent will help! If the project is over funded, the remainder will be rolled into production and post-production costs including editing, sound design, music, special effects, screenings, marketing, and distribution.

What we have so far:

Talented screenwriter, Tonina Kelly, a cast of actors, a brilliant marketing team, a great script, and a wonderful production company.


Funds for equipment, marketing, director, producers, screenwriter, crew and casting.

How you can benefit from donating:

Every dime you donate is tax deductible! Not only will your dollars be going to help young people and their families, but you will also receive credit come tax time! Please don't forget to check out some of the great perks that you can select upon donating to our campaign.

Please make a tax deductible donation today!

Thank you so much for your support.

Filming will be in Atlanta, Georgia. Further casting is scheduled to begin in early 2015 and filming will take place during the summer months of 2015.