Tipping the Pain Scale

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Film Screening and Discussion Panel

Join us for a special film screening and discussion panel. The event is free, but seating is limited, and you must RSVP to ensure your seat. 3 TCB approved CE's available.

Film Synopsis:

The addiction crisis in America has reached a new boiling point, and courageous people – at all levels, from all walks of life – are rising to answer the call. Tipping the Pain Scale is a feature documentary film investigating the current systemic failures of how we have dealt with addiction to date, and follows six dynamic characters on their journey to develop and employ new, innovative, and often controversial solutions. It is a quasi-anthology, weaving characters through their own stories as they connect to the issues plaguing their community and the country in an urgent fight to save lives.

Upcoming Showings:

November 16th- UNT Denton

Location: University of North Texas (UNT Union), 1155 Union Circle, Denton, Texas 76203

Date: Wednesday, November 16th

Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

UNT Save the Date 

Meet our Panelists!

Jack Brown- Founder, Peer 2 Whole Wellness

Jack Brown is an Army Veteran with 7 years of Peer Support Specialist experience. Jack currently leads a peer run organization, Peer 2 Peer Whole Wellness. Jack is also a certified MHPS/RSPS and newly Certified RPS, as well as a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) facilitator and is a strong advocate for peer providers across Texas.

Jack has gathered tools through various training to support his ability to now live a life that includes self-care and advocacy. He is often called upon to speak his truth relative to substance use challenges, mental health challenges and recovery from incarceration. He uses his past to shine a light for others future and believes that living a life in recovery and modeling healing behavior is the key to ultimate freedom.

Shannon Hoffman- Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Policy Specialist

Shannon Hoffman is the Policy Program Officer at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. In this role,
she collaborates with elected officials, advocates, state agencies, and other stakeholders to address
mental health and substance use issues. Her current areas of focus include children’s mental health;
educational justice and mental health in schools; and substance use, from prevention to recovery.
Shannon began her career providing direct services and program development for adolescents in the
substance use field. Additionally, she is a family member of siblings who have had challenges related to
mental illness, substance use, and criminal justice involvement. Prior to joining the Hogg Foundation,
Shannon conducted research, policy analysis, and constituent casework for a member of the Texas
House of Representatives.
A Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Shannon holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, a
Master’s degree in Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Addiction
Studies from The University of North Texas.


NOTE: Parking on UNT Campus is not free but is very affordable. See the hyperlinks below for more information. For more information visit UNT's parking info page (here)

The suggested options per our host:

  1. The Highland Street Parking Garage is within sight of and a short walk to the union. It is safe and easy to navigate, with parking always available. Visitors may also park in the Highland Street Garage for $2 per hour.
  2. The Park Mobile app, which can be downloaded and used hourly. There is a lot right across the street (even closer) from the union.  There are multiple lots across campus where hourly parking with the app can be found.



CANCELED December 1st- Austin

This event has been canceled. We will reschedule for a later date.






Special thank you to our partners!!!

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