'The Office’ Star Rainn Wilson Partners With MTV for Mental Health Special

Rainn Wilson takes on mental health in a new documentary for MTV.

Rainn Wilson takes on mental health in a new documentary for MTV.

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Actor Rainn Wilson – best known for his role as Dwight on The Office – has taken on a more serious tone while producing his latest project, Life Continued: Defeating Depression, set to debut next week.

Marking World Mental Health Day, Wilson’s 60-minute documentary on depression will air on MTV Thursday Oct. 10, bringing to light the struggles of two young people who have battled and eventually overcame the disorder, which affects 19 million people in the U.S. each year and is the third leading cause of death among those ages 15-24.

The film follows Devin, a 21-year-old homosexual track star from Indiana, and Sarah Virginia, 20, an anorexic college student from North Carolina, on their paths to recovery

Devin, a biracial student at Indiana State University, sought the help of a therapist and breaks through his intense feelings of loneliness and worthlessness. Sarah, who attends Salem College, finds therapeutic help as she shares her story of self-harm and suicide attempts through her writing and music.

“Depression can be debilitating, and many teens and young adults are struggling to find their way to mental health,” said Rainn Wilson, whose SoulPancake production company joined The Jed Foundation to produce the film. “We hope this special can inspire viewers to seek help and support, and find the courage to heal.”

The documentary premieres Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. on MTV. For more information on Life Continued: Defeating Depression, click here. For mental health resources and information go to HalfofUs.com or LoveIsLouder.com.

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