Awareness about addiction and Chabad Lifeline’s work highlighted at packed theatre in Montreal Museum of Fine Arts following documentary of a woman’s struggles with addiction following the suicide of her talented and vivacious sister.

 

Emotions were front and centre as an audience of over 250 gathered in the Maxwell Cumming Auditorium at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to break the stigma of addiction and watch the documentary film “32 pills: my sister’s suicide.”

Thirteen staff members from Chabad Lifeline, a non-sectarian agency helping everyone affected by addiction, were in attendance at the film screening, where it was announced that the organization would be sending youth counselors on a weekly basis into Royal West Academy and five alternative schools across Montreal to provide one on one counseling to students affected by addiction.

Bresinger, Producer Beth Levison and Director Ruth Litoff addressed questions following the film, with Litoff speaking about the complexities of mental health and her constant struggle with addiction.

The evening concluded with a dessert reception where members of the audience were able to speak to Levison, Litoff, and Chabad Lifeline staff one on one.

The film screening was part of the Au Contraire Film Festival and benefited Chabad Lifeline, who organized the evening.

 

“We chose to screen this heartbreaking and honest yet uplifting film because of the rawness in its portrayal of the link between addiction and mental health and how it affects the family,” said Rabbi  Bresinger.

 

Lifeline is a non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping everyone affected by addiction. We offer a full range of treatment options and comprehensive youth at-risk programs. People suffering from substance and behavioural addictions and their family members are guided through the process of healing and recovery. Our services are immediate and free to those in need, supported by your generous donations.

Our team of social workers, counsellors, and peers help forge the lifeline relationships that clients need to keep their lives on track. We know first-hand how essential our services are in preventing today’s at-risk youth from becoming tomorrow’s addict.