Mental health: One Winnipeg family’s story

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one in five Canadians suffers from an addiction or mental health problem during any given year. Additionally, people aged 15-24 are the most likely to struggle with mental health or substance abuse as compared to other age groups. Moreover, nearly 4,000 Canadians commit suicide annually. Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-8) encourages Canadians to fight the stigma.

On the surface, the Greenes are a fun-loving family of performers. Dave Greene, the father, is an Elvis Tribute Artist. The mom, Roxie Greene, is a writer. Quinn Greene, the eldest son, is an actor, and his little brother Kane Greene is a beatboxer. But underneath, they have a secret.


The Greenes are fighting an ongoing battle with mental illness. Dave is a hoarder. Kane suffers from anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Roxie’s long history with unipolar depressive disorder has taken its toll on her body, leaving her on the brink of collapse. Quinn, the family caretaker, sacrifices his own personal ambitions to help the others – particularly Kane, who can barely get out of bed, let alone hold down a job.

Quinn is ready to start talking and end the secrecy surrounding his family’s mental health. He wants to share their story and start looking at real options for getting help for Kane, whose condition is getting desperate. And he wants to work towards a brighter future for all of them.  But the big question is… can Quinn convince the rest of his family to join him?

“Mental illness lives in the corner of all of our lives, the elephant in the room so unobtrusive, you’d swear it wasn’t ever there at all. It hides itself…” Quinn’s blog along with more information about the documentary are available at the Firsthand website here.


Being Greene is an intimate, emotionally charged portrait of a family struggling to break free from the clutches of mental illness. This is a film about love, life, legacy, and hope, as the Greene family embarks on a quest to build a better, happier future.

To view this documentary, please click here (link will take you away from WinnipegMom site).

It is never too early to start building positive mental health habits in our families and children. Yes, we are all talking more and and views are shifting on how mental health issues are perceived and addressed. But as the statistics show, mental illness doesn’t discriminate, and help is available.


In Crisis? Call the Klinic Crisis Line at 1-888-322-3019 Toll-Free 24 HRs



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