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A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness

introduction

“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. 

Relevance to the field of Mental Health

Educating everyone in our society about mental illness is crucial if we are to counter the stigma that continues to exist about it. “A New State of Mind”  is part of an initiative that aims to achieve real change in attitudes to mental illness within a geographical area that is home to a culturally diverse population. Although it was principally made for Californians, “A New State of Mind”  has much to offer a wider audience by presenting many individual stories of those suffering from depression, suicidal intent, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, substance abuse and post traumatic stress disorder. The film also explores various initiatives in California that help with treatment and rehabilitation, which may interest those professionals working in the field of mental health wherever they are based.

In England, Time to Change is the biggest campaign trying to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and is run by mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. They have worked with the Bring Change 2 Mind campaign in America to share certain initiatives.

A New State of Mind”  is a useful educational resource for anyone interested in understanding more about mental illness and the challenges it presents to societies.

* Minds on Film is written by consultant psychiatrist, Dr Joyce Almeida.

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About this blog

 

Minds on Film is a monthly blog that explores psychiatric conditions and mental health issues as portrayed in a selection of readily available films.

Please note that this blog may contain plot spoilers. Any views expressed are purely my own.

Dr Joyce Almeida
Dr Almeida is a consultant
psychiatrist working in the private sector in the UK.


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