Ashley Judd delivers a tour-de-force performance as Helen, a beautiful and successful music professor and mother. She seems to have it all, yet there is a hidden truth she has managed to keep at bay for many years something even her husband doesn't know. Helen suffers from a deep, debilitating depression. Although her family tries to help her, no one can relate to her pain other than a young female student who knows depression all too well. Helen is a film about a woman fighting to save her life and her family; a story about courage, devotion, and the triumph of the heart over the mind.