‘Yes, There is Hope’: Documentary featuring California firefighters focuses on mental health awareness

  • Source: The Appeal Democrat - Metered Site
  • Published: 04/03/2024 12:00 AM

“When I started we had a kind of a tradition that you sent the new guy in, or new girl in, to do all the dirty work, or all the unfavorable work, so to speak,” Brian Thompson with the Sutter County Fire Department says in a scene from the new documentary “Yes, There is Hope” directed by Dean Tokuno of Yuba City. “You didn’t get to talk about it back then and that’s definitely had a toll on me. When you go home to your family and you’re not supposed to talk about it, I think what we’re trying to accomplish here is helping because we’re getting it out there. There seems to be a huge push in mental health and taking care of people. I wish this was available to me when I started. I started when I was 20. I’ve seen a lot.” Featuring several local voices, the film delves into the serious and pressing topic of mental health.


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