Jason Reid is a successful entrepreneur, husband, father - and man on a mission.
Jason is cofounder of National Services Group,
Which operates across the USA, employing over 2500 people across three separate brands.
He is also partner at CEO Coaching International, where he coaches CEOs around the globe.
…But today, Jason is focused on something entirely different.
Tell My Story is a new approach to mental health and suicide prevention in young people.
One year ago, Jason’s son Ryan died by suicide.
It was a week after his 14th birthday. This changed Jason’s life forever.
As a husband and father, Jason was hit with a devastating blow of grief, loss and despair. The truth was almost too painful to comprehend: his son had struggled with depression in silence and in secret. And suddenly, he was gone.
Over the next year, as Jason had time to grieve and begin to pick the pieces back up in his personal life, there was a question looming: how was this possible? And further: how had he missed it? As someone deeply involved and connected to his kids, how had he not seen the signs that Ryan was struggling?
There were no clear answers. But as a man who had built his entire life on the principles of taking ownership for everything that happens to you, there was also no way Jason was willing to remain idle. Instead of pulling away from the pain, he decided to push towards it.
Jason is determined to reach every parent and every family about the conversation they need to be having with their kids.
To reach parents across America and ignite a movement, Jason has teamed up with an Emmy Award winning filmmaker to create TELL MY STORY: a full length documentary that will radically shift the conversation in our culture about youth mental health and suicide prevention.
Filmmaker Nick Nanton is an award-winning director, agent, author, and 5-time Emmy winner for directing and producing the short films Jacob's Turn, Esperanza, Mi Casa Hogar, and Visioneer. He is a 13 time Telly Award winner, has co-authored several best-selling books, has been interviewed by The New York Times for his expertise, co-authors a regular column in Fast Company and has been featured in "The Next Big Thing," radio program and podcast.
The film will interview families, doctors, counsellors, experts and leaders to explore:
Families need to be talking about mental health and asking the right question
Parents need to take ownership for their kids mental health the same way they do for their physical health
The importance of vulnerable conversations about depression and suicide
STEP 1: KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
STEP 2: FILM PRODUCTION
STEP 3: DISTRIBUTION AND EVENTS