Last week, USA WEEKEND posted an interview with actress Mariel Hemingway about her 2009 award-winning film, Archie’s Final Project.

The film, which will be released to DVD next month (December 6, 2011), is about a topic that has seemingly surrounded Mariel all her life: Suicide.

Many of you probably know the 50-year-old actress is the granddaughter of American author, journalist, and Nobel Prize-winner Ernest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Old Man And The Sea), who committed suicide in 1961.

Because of this connection, some of you might even know Mariel has been a suicide prevention advocate for many years.

Yet, I’m willing to bet a smaller portion of you know that Mariel’s association with suicide – and mental health in general – goes much deeper than her famous grandfather.

Mariel, who has suffered from depression, has dealt with seven (read that again: seven) family suicides, including an older sister. Another sister suffered from suicidal tendancies, and Mariel herself even contemplated suicide.

Given these facts, it’s no wonder mental health – and suicide in particular – have become so important in Mariel’s life and work:

I come from a family of seven suicides, possibly more, so it’s an important issue for me. Mental health and health and wellness are huge issues in my life. Archie’s Final Project speaks to the heart about kids’ unspoken fears.

Check out the entire interview over at USA WEEKEND, and, if you’ve never seen Archie’s Final Project and are interested in learning more, visit

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