Voices is a beautifully rendered documentary on the lives of three people with severe, persistent, psychotic illness. For 56 minutes we enter lives upended by an illness, schizophrenia, which for these three led to substantial disability, homelessness and catastrophe.
The tower building exercise - and its marshmallow - reveals another secret of successful human behavior, in this case for mental health professionals: when we put the goals of our patients first and foremost, they are going to be more effective, and so will we.
Paris was full of people in its streets, nameless and without renown, coming from everywhere – a rainbow of colors, religions, ethnicities, and social classes, marching for freedom of expression, saying no to extremism.
If you want a deep, smart, entertaining dive into the history of mental illness, especially delusions, pick up a copy of “Suspicious Minds.” As Drs. Joel and Ian Gold remark, “Today’s delusion is tomorrow’s headline.”
The lawlessness of New York in 1981 is the subject of Participant Media’s year-end release of A Most Violent Year, as well as one man’s effort to find a way past the violence that threatens to ruin him, his family, and his life’s work.
JC Chandor, the writer and director of A Most Violent Year saw how the school shooting in Newtown, CT, the town next to where he is raising his family, led to arming security guards. He was moved to cinematically paint the story of violence, using a lawless New York City in 1981 as his canvas, not seeing then what it had to do with public health.
We all want to understand telomeres, the caps at the ends of our DNA strands, because the longer they are the longer we tend to live – and live freer of age related illnesses like heart disease, stroke, dementia, diabetes, and osteoporosis - and are free of depression.
It has been said that the measure of a society is its humane attention to the sick and vulnerable. When real reform, transformation, comes to mental health and addiction services we will meet that moral and ethical standard – and we will be able to serve so many in need.