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Pelham Together will host a screening of the important film, "The First Day," on October 17th, a 7:30pm, at The Picture House. "The First Day" chronicles the struggles of pro basketball player Chris Herren, who overcame a substance addiction and received treatment for depression.

A Q&A will follow the film with the film director Jonathan Hock, Dr. Jonathan Avery,Director of Addiction Psychiatry and an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and members of the mental health team at Pelham schools.

“Substance use is a reality that our children face in one way or another at young ages, and Pelham is no different. In this film, Chris uses his own vulnerabilities as a way to profoundly connect with young people in such an authentic way that they want to listen,” said Laura Caruso, Executive Director of Pelham Together. “Chris Herren uses stories to open the dialogue around substance use and mental health, encouraging all of us to focus on the first day of a young person’s struggle with these issues, as opposed to waiting for their last days. This changes the conversation for all of us.” Following the film, there will be a Q&A session with the producer, Jonathan Hock, who has worked with Chris for a number of years as he has pursued his life as a wellness advocate.

Every two years, Pelham Together administers a survey of Pelham's 8th, 10th, and 12th graders regarding their substance use behaviors and mental and emotional health. The results from the most recent youth health survey indicated how a high rate Pelham teens drink, binge drink, and vape marijuana.

Tickets are available for advance purchase at pelhamtogether.org and at the door. This film is recommended for high school students and their parents. Adults $10, teens free.

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