"A Tale of Two Mothers" Documentary


September 29 2018


7pm - 9:30pm

Atlas Cinemas Euclid Ohio

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September 29 2018


World Premiere featuring panel discussion by cast, ADAMHS board and director

7pm - 9:30pm

Atlas Cinemas Euclid Ohio

January 24th 2019

Community Screening

7pm - 8:30pm

Coventry Library Cleveland Heights

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January 24th 2019

Community Screening

Free and open to the public. Following the movie there will be Q&A with the Director 

7pm - 8:30pm

Coventry Library Cleveland Heights

About the Film


Two mothers from two different worlds experience the same grief when they each lose their child to suicide. 

This documentary explores the correlations between bullying, mental health and suicide. Prevention methods are discussed as well as alternative methods of wellness and spirituality.  


Stephon J Davis is an award-winning filmmaker that has directed, written, and produced several films focused on social issues. He has been involved in advocacy and prevention for the past six years through the creation of films on social issues and has worked hand-in-hand with organizations such as: The Center for Families and Children, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Ohio Men’s Action Network, Ohio Domestic Violence Network and recently founded, Reel Stories Real People. Stephon is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council and Ohio Suicide Prevention Coalition. 

He has spoken at more than 20 schools, juvenile facilities and to practitioners, forensic nurses, survivors, and activist throughout Ohio at various conferences and events.  

 Stephon’s mission is to inspire, uplift, and educate people about suicide, mental illness and many other social issues.

His extensive background in filmmaking and his passion for inspiring youth and adults to live a life of compassion, empathy, and higher consciousness has led him to the path of directing films that make a difference.” 

Suicide Prevention

If someone you know is thinking about suicide…

1.    Take it seriously, even if your friend brushes it off. Suicidal ideation (continual suicidal thoughts) is not typical, and it reflects a larger problem.
2.    An angry friend is better than a dead friend.
3.    Ask, listen, tell, if the threat is immediate stay with the person.
4.    Bring friend to a trusted adult. If they don’t know what to do or don’t take it seriously find another adult.
5.    Be a good listener but remember that having suicidal thoughts reflects a bigger underlying problem such as depression, substance problems, abuse, or problem-solving difficulties. You can listen, but they need to speak to a professional.
6.    Thirty percent (30%) of those who attempt suicide tell someone before, but many don’t tell anyone after.

  • When some talks to you, that is the moment for intervention
  • With each suicide attempt, risk of suicide increases.

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)


movie poster for a tale of two mothers

Anna Hershiser

Anna lost her son Caleb to suicide April 2nd, 2017. She speaks at schools, provides scholarships and holds annual events to honor her son. Her husband and Anna started a foundation called Caleb Anti-Bullying Cause to eradicate bullying and the aftermath that often occurs as a result of bullying.

Marie Black

Marie was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. Attended John Adams High school in 1989 She was a state OHSAA track champion

1987-1989. Marie attended University of Findlay and graduated BA communication Minor in Marketing. Was an All American athlete NAIA Champion in track. After graduating Marie was hired as a reporter for the Call and Post Newspaper, won outstanding employee and was honored by the owner of the Call and Post Newspaper, Don King. She presently works for Metro Health System and is an educator for CMSD. She is a singer and worshipper. She is the mother of Dajia, 22, Destiny 19, Elijah,16 Johnny, 15 and Isaiah, 9. Marie founded Dancing for Life Tyree Black Organization following her son Tyree's death due to suicide in 2014. To raise awareness about suicide by holding a praise dance fest each year. 

Linda Torbert, MSSA, LISW-S,

Linda is the Director of Prevention and Children's Behavioral Health Programs at ADAMHS Board and leads  The Cuyahoga Suicide Prevention Coalition which is composed of organizations, community members and survivors dedicated to instilling hope, raising awareness, providing education and promoting resources in an effort to reduce the incidence of suicide and suicidal behavior in Cuyahoga County.

Teresa M Johnson

Teresa has over ten years of experience in the fields of education and mental health, has counseled many students who have struggled with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal ideation. 

As a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in both middle schools and high schools, she understands the impact of peer relationships, family dynamics and emerging technologies on our students. 

Teresa has conducted local and state-wide trainings for parents, teachers and other counselors that examine best practices and uncover some of the origins of teen depression, self-harm and suicide. She is available for individual, family therapy, teaching, training, coaching and consulting. 

Anna Jones

Anna is the founder of Up The Steps, she is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and has over 9 years of experience working with at risk youth and their families. Anna has worked within the criminal justice system and with girls involved in Human Trafficking. She has worked for two of the largest Mental Health agencies in Cleveland and has worked in private practice for many years

Zachary Fenell

Zachary is an author, blogger, and speaker. Dubbed “the Cerebral Palsy (CP) Vigilante,” Zachary aims to dispel disability misconceptions and provide comfort to others with CP. One way or another everyone faces hardships and feeling alone along the way which may lead to suicidal thoughts. Knowing firsthand the impact suicide causes, Zachary remains especially motivated to help others feel less alone. He lost a good friend, Alex Dumas, to suicide in February 2014

Alana Garrett-Ferguson 

       An innovative youth advocate, with over 7 years working with youth of all ages. Doing community work, Alana brings her passion for justice, education and youth to create a project, titled: Working through the illness to raise mental health awareness amongst the youth and young adults.  Through her organization AfroJustice, she has decided to utilize her creativity to construct kits to help youth of all struggling with trauma and understanding their mental health.  From her own experiences with mental illness and working with youth in the urban community, she knows the importance of early intervention and having a support system. She wants everyone not just youth to know that it’s ok to talk about how we’re feeling! It’s ok to ask for help!  

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How do you come back from the tragedy of losing your child? How do you prevent another parent from experiencing the same heartbreak? How do you give young people the tools they need to survive in this world? How do we make the world a better place, a place in which bullying and unfair treatment cease to exist?


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A Tale of Two Mothers