Max’s Mission, KidsMatter to show ‘My Sister Liv’ April 23

Max's Mission and KidsMatter invite the community to a special showing of the 2022 documentary “My Sister Liv” on Tuesday, April 23, at Metea Valley High School in Aurora.

It will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the school’s large forum room, 1801 N. Eola Road. The 71-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with experts in the field of suicide.

The film is open to anyone in the community ages 14 or older. Note that the content is not appropriate for children. The film is powerful, engaging, and honest about mental illness, suicide and the aftershocks that occur when a family and community lose someone they love to suicide.

The showing is free but seating is limited. Register via

“My Sister Liv” is directed by Grammy Award-winning filmmaker Alan Hicks and produced by Academy and Emmy Award winning Paula DuPré Pesmen.

A family photo of Tess with her younger sister Liv. “My Sister Liv” talks about mental illness, suicide and its aftershocks. Courtesy of The Liv Project

The film features a sister’s struggle to help her younger sibling who is growing up with the relentless pressures of social media, teen depression and, often, suicidal thoughts. The film reveals the realities of stigma, the struggles of mental health, and the aftermath for the survivors left behind in a suicide.

About KidsMatter:

Recognized as Naperville’s proactive, youth oriented human service organization, KidsMatter’s mission is to build resilient kids who say “no” to destructive choices and “yes” to endless possibilities. Established in 2001, KidsMatter has received the Naperville Chamber of Commerce 2014 “NFP of the Year” Award, 2015 “AT&T Investing in Illinois Award” and Illinois Principals Association 2016 “Building School Community Bridges Award” for its work helping young people build developmental assets including positive values, healthy relationships, and self-esteem.

With programming focused on preventing problems in the lives of youth before they start, KidsMatter equips youth and families with essential tools to manage the societal pressures and stress of everyday life through dynamic school and community programs, practical education, resources, and youth recognition. KidsMatter harnesses the power of partnership with parents, educators, and an extensive network of community resources to help kids and families thrive.

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