Somehow just like that we’re almost at the end of another year and it’s safe to say that 2021 didn’t go as planned for anyone. Just when things were looking better, things turned upside down again. While many had hoped 2021 would go better by the middle of 2021 it was clear that it was turning out much the same as 2021. People are still isolated from their loved ones, there’s been protests about vaccines and Covid and it seems that whenever you turn on the news there is yet another depressing story.
Christmas is a time of joy, happiness, and spending time with your loved ones, or it should be. However, for some people it’s a time of anxiety, sadness, or the magic is just lost. As we get older the focus of Christmas changes instead of joy it brings stress and spending all the money on gifts that may or may not be appreciated and dealing with family members we only see once a year (and for good reason might I add!). For some people they spend the holiday alone (often) due to things out of their control and they feel isolated and with that they don’t want to acknowledge or celebrate Christmas. Of course, for some people such as doctors, nurses, and emergency personnel it’s just another day in the office and they spend it trying to make the best out of a bad situation.
Here at Barty we always talk about putting ourselves out of our comfort zones and not backing down from a challenge. So it's always welcomed when one of our own puts themselves out there especially on national TV.
Mental illness has long been a topic of movies and as was mentioned last week,TV shows. This week another film can be added to the list of movies using mental illness as a theme, Dear Evan Hansen. This is the film version of the Tony Award Winning musical of the same name.
The basic storyline of the film/musical is that Evan Hansen (played by Ben Platt who was the first to play the role on Broadway) is a teenager suffering from social anxiety disorder and his therapist has asked to write letters to himself to boost his self-esteem. One day while writing one on a computer in the school library he accidentally presses print and it’s discovered by Connor, a student who is also suffering from his own mental health battles who takes the letter moments after signing Evan’s cast to prove that they both have friends. A few days later Connor kills himself and his parents find the letter and believe that Connor and Evan were friends, and that Connor was the one who wrote the letter for Evan as a final note. Evan decides to go along with this assumption and even embellishes it to make it seem like they were best friends. Evan finds the love and acceptance he’s always wanted but it’s built on a lie.