“The First Day” by Chris Herren

In 2019, a one year license to this film was purchased by District Attorney Tim Cruz, with SAMHSA funds from the Drug Free Communities Grant awarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

“The First Day” is a film produced by Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player, author and wellness advocate who shares his story of recovery.

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“The First Day” chronicles Chris Herren’s journey revealing his vulnerability and strength.

Through the power of storytelling, Chris Herren’s profound connection with high school students has enabled them to share their own stories of struggle and strength.

“The First Day” addresses the issues of substance use, harmful behaviours and mental wellness.  These are the issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are facing, either directly or indirectly, each day.