Documentary about black, gay men with depression to be shown May 18 at history museum

Sunday, May 18, kicks off National Prevention Week, which aims to increasing public awareness of substance abuse and mental health issues.

Project ARK, with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s new media project, will mark the week with a screening of the documentary “You Are Not Alone” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd., in Forest Park. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free, and no reservations are required.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Antoine Craigwell, a writer and activist who created and co-produced the film, and Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr., PhD, a Washington University in St. Louis associate professor in women, gender and sexuality studies and in performing arts, both in Arts & Sciences.

“You Are Not Alone” is a documentary about black gay men breaking their silence on depression, with personal stories, interviews with mental health professionals and community leaders, and re-enactments.

Project ARK (AIDS/HIV Resources and Knowledge) is the St. Louis area’s only organization that coordinates medical care, social support and prevention services for children, youth, young adults, women and families living with or at risk for HIV infection. It is a collaboration of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and other area health-care providers, including the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.