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“I feel like Jesse is in a prison of these delusions and hallucinations that he can’t break out of,”
his mother Linda in the film.
In a world that shuns persons with brain disorders PIECE OF MIND pulls back the curtain on the private battles of Jeff living with bipolar disorder, Linda whose son has schizophrenia, and Frances and Patricia, Japanese Americans, with a sister who has schizoaffective disorder, was shot by police and survived. Their intimate accounts amplify the voices of the multitude of people seeking normalcy and treatment amid cognitive and systemic barriers to care, and reveals solutions to this public health crisis. This timely film grows out of personal experiences of Emmy-nominated filmmaker, Sheila Ganz, who has a sister living with schizophrenia. “This story was staring me in the face.”
Today in America, an estimated 44 million adults live with a mental illness, yet nearly 60% don’t receive treatment in a given year. What these numbers don’t take into account is the toll it takes on parents, siblings and children, as they struggle to keep their family intact and get their loved one treatment in a broken mental health care system. PIECE OF MIND reveals the need for inpatient and Assist Outpatient Treatment for persons living with serious mental illness. Solutions include increased psychiatric hospital beds and medical staff, wider implementation of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), Laura’s Law and Kendra’s Law, and the importance of de-escalation training for police officers nationwide.
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