The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and one of the nice surprises was in a category that usually doesn’t get much press: Best Documentary Short Subjects. One of the nominees is Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1.
It’s a riveting film about an uncomfortable fact: because of the sheer number of veterans who attempt suicide every year, veterans have their own division within the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (hence, the Press 1 part of the title.)
I’m not a veteran myself, but I know several veterans within my support groups. It’s great that they’re starting to talk more and reach out more as far as mental illness is concerned. At the same time, the hoops and red tape that they often have to go through, just to get treatment, are mind-boggling. Our veterans deserve better.
I’m glad that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized this film, and this subject. The film is available on Amazon, and you can check out the trailer below.