The documentary-in-progress Piece of Mind explores humane solutions to the urgent national problem of barriers to treatment for persons living with severe mental illness and supports the vital role of family caregivers navigating our failed healthcare system.
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“The faces and voices and thoughts of the people you’ve chosen for testimonies in Piece of Mind tear at the heart, yet offer insights unavailable to most people.”
Ron Powers , Pulitzer Prize winning critic, Emmy Award-winning TV commentator, and author or coauthor of fifteen books including No One Cares About Crazy People
Piece of Mind sheds light on the complex issue of untreated neurological brain illness from three viewpoints — A mother, who spent years trying to keep her son, 38, with schizophrenia safe and get him hospitalized on medication. Two Japanese American sisters, whose sister diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, was shot by police seven times at age 56, and survived. A man living with bipolar disorder, who was laid off from the job he loved at 53, couldn’t find work and attempted suicide. His second attempt becomes a life-changing moment.
These stories are told against the backdrop of the neglected struggle of family caregivers for normalcy and treatment in a failed mental healthcare system. How can society help individuals who don’t know they are ill? Can unnecessary tragedies of homelessness and police shootings be averted? What are the humane solutions?
This timely film by Sheila Ganz, Emmy-nominated Diretor, Producer, Editor, has a sister living with schizophrenia and felt this story was “staring me in the face.”
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