The Mountain in My Mind - A Ski Film about Mental Health

published Dec 2022 - 1,129 views

Presented by LINE Skis and FlyLow Gear, the Mountain in My Mind has one goal: destigmatize talking about mental health and suicide in the ski industry. The film is a ski and snowboard film about mental health. Directed by John Padilla, who lost his 15-year old brother to suicide, this breakthrough film is the first of its kind to interview skiers across the “Suicide Belt” in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States.

After nine live premieres in towns across the Rocky Mountains, the film releases online for FREE on YouTube and (@MountainInMyMind).

Topics include: Suicide, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Sexual Assault, Substance Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia, etc.

The film features nearly 50% men and 50% women and has all types of skiing, including: urban/street skiing, ski mountaineering, sled/snowmobile-assisted skiing, terrain park skiing, snowboarding, pillow skiing, powder skiing, resort/in-bounds skiing, and more!

We traveled to British Columbia, California, Washington, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon and Nevada and interviewed selected folks on their experience with mental illness and then enjoyed and filmed our shared passion for skiing.

The film started as an thread and after one year, 36,000 miles of traveling, 10 states and provinces, 9 live-premieres across the Western US, news appearances, podcasts, and 14TB of footage; the film is now online for free!

Sponsors: LINE Skis, Flylow Gear, BombSnow Magazine, VIIA Hemp Co., Phunkshun Wear, PitViper Sunglasses, Treefort Lifestyles, LOOK Bindings, PowTech Sledski Racks, Yellowstone Club Community Fund, Crystal Mountain, Alta Ski Area, JackStrong17,, JSKIS, Armada Skis, 686 Snow, 4FRNT Skis, Titan Straps, Gastro Gnome, REPS Steamboat (Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide), Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, TGR Bozeman, PhD Skis Bozeman, ReelWorks Denver, AVID Cider Co., Industry SLC, Lone Pine Gear Exchange SLC, Sanitas Brewing Boulder, MAP Brewing Bozeman, Bridger Brewing, Sidewall Pizza Bozeman, UNR Lake Tahoe Student Activities Club, IKON, CU Freeskiing, Utah Freeskier Society, CSU Snowriders, Big Sky Youth Empowerment, Westminster College, University of Utah, University of Nevada Reno at Lake Tahoe, Spyder Freeski, Faction Skis, Giro Snow, Bark Technologies, and the hundreds of private donors who generously donated to our GoFundMe!

Music (In order of appearance, licensed through MusicBed via LINE Skis):
Lux by Ryan Taubert
With Me All Along by Bronze Radio Return
Lightning by the YeahTones
Growing Pains by Layup
Brave (Feat DAKK and EVAN GIIA) by MEMBA
Shake Shake Shake by Bronze Radio Return
Light Me Up by Bronze Radio Return
The Storm by Bronze Radio Return
Bad by Royal Deluxe
Further On by Bronze Radio Return
Dancing to the Beat by Clarence Murray
Rest of Our Lives by The Light & the Heat
Yes Y’all by Justalyricist
Halfway Up by The Brook and the Bluff
Absolute Zero by EVAN GIIA
Masks (Live) by The Brook and the Bluff
Not the End of the World by Faded Paper Figures
Mutha (Clean Version) by Beware of Darkness
Baby You Got It by Clarence Murray


Please share the link to our film far and wide and keep up with next year's project on our Instagram @MountainInMyMind and our website:

Thank you again to all the event organizers, mentors, sponsors, athletes, editors, filmers, photographers, friends and family who helped make this film a reality. We hope to continue the conversation for years to come!

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, text or call 988.

Director/Fundraiser/Producer: John Padilla (@john.padilla on Instagram)

Editors: Allen Jimenez and John Padilla

Cinematographers: John Padilla, Kyle Dudgeon, Alex Saad, Jordan Skattum, Dead West Creative, Derek Shreiner, Sarah Dolan, Jack Clark, Payton Voss, and Tyler Stevens.

Graphic Designer: OozBlue

Animator: Randy Fugler - Fortified Graphics

Athletes/Interviewees (In order of appearance): Audrey Friess, Bobby Sullivan, Forrest Coots, Clare Chapman, Jack Clark, Jed Water, Sarah Dolan, and John Padilla

Guest Athletes (In order of appearance): Seb Gralla, Ramzi Stech, Joe Nichols, Cameron Klepper, AJ Yang, Payton Voss, Mac Harrison, Derek Shreiner, and Tucker FitzSimons.

Follow along on our Instagram @MountainInMyMind or at our YouTube @MountainInMyMind :)

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