For our March 2016 Documentary Movie Night, we will be watching A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness produced by the public television station KVIE-TV in California. Here is the description of the movie:
“A New State of Mind” is an hour long documentary that was produced in the state of California by the public television station KVIE-TV for a mental health awareness month in May 2013. Its aim is to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and to encourage sufferers to seek help earlier rather than later in their illness. The film is freely available to watch online at Vimeo.com and the makers are keen for it to be viewed as widely as possible. Further information about California’s Mental Health Movement can be accessed at their website called Each Mind Matters, where there are also some other interesting videos available to watch.
“A New State of Mind” features some famous people from the political and sporting worlds as well as ordinary people who come from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The film is filled with hope and a positive attitude and is narrated by the well-known actress Glenn Close, co-founder of the national anti-stigma campaign in America called Bring Change 2 Mind, which aims to remove misconceptions about mental illness through public education. Glenn Close has become a mental health advocate as a result of having her sister diagnosed with bipolar disorder and her nephew diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.
Here is a link the movie (57 minutes): https://vimeo.com/67439197. You can watch the movie for free.
This movie shows what it is like to live with mental illness in the US. As you watch the movie, put on your #MacroSW hat and think about some of the policy, research and other macro-level issues that surround the individuals and families in this movie.
Here are the questions we hope to discuss during the chat:
- From the movie, what are some of the challenges for individuals suffering from mental health challenges and their families?
- What are some macro-level approaches to addressing these challenges?
- What do you think is the most important policy issue affecting individuals with mental health problems? Why?
- What do you think most Americans don’t realize about individuals with mental health problems?
- What single word best describes how the film made you feel?
- What’s next? How do we as social workers address the challenges experienced by individuals with mental health challenges?
Here is the transcript for this chat: chat: https://storify.com/OfficialMacroSW/documentary-movie-night-3-31-16-a-new-state-of-min#publicize
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