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“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.
A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness (HD) from Each Mind Matters on Vimeo.
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
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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.
* You can now follow Minds on Film on Twitter @psychfilm