“Hidden Pictures” By Delaney Ruston: Global Mental Health

For World Mental Health Day on Thursday, October 10th, the new documentary called Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey Into Global Mental Health, created by physican and mental health advocate Delaney Ruston, will be made available for free. (Ruston’s previous doc called Unlisted was about her relationship with her late father, who had paranoid schizophrenia.)

Apparently global mental health has never before been addressed like this on film. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides the following additional info about the event:

The documentary can be streamed from its website anytime in the 24 hour window that begins on Oct. 10 at 1:00 a.m. Pacific time (3:00 a.m. Eastern). Individuals are encouraged to circulate advance notice about the on-line screening through email lists and social media.

The film looks at individuals and families affected by mental illness in Africa, China, France, India and the United States. Stigma and the need for greater access to treatment and care are major themes, framed against colorful, emotionally powerful backgrounds.

Approximately 450 million people live with mental illness worldwide. About 800,000 die from suicide, mostly in low and middle income countries—where as many as 85 percent of people living with severe mental illness receive no treatment. In high income countries, the figure is as high as 65 percent. Global spending on mental health is less than two dollars per year.

A preview is available below:

Marvin Swartz, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine: “The written word often fails to convey the particular poignancy of people’s lives. Delaney Ruston’s masterfully told stories of individuals and families struggling with mental illness across the world, conveys a profound and visceral appreciation of the myriad effects of such illnesses. Hidden Pictures makes the story of the global burden of mental illness deeply personal and hauntingly memorable.”

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