The social justice documentary PIECE OF MIND follows Linda in her unrelenting efforts to get psychiatric care for her 38 year old son, Jesse, with schizophrenia, Patricia and Frances, were flabbergasted when their sister, Teresa, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, was shot at age 56 by police and lived, prompting a suit for compensation, which boomerangs from District Court, to U.S. Supreme Court, then back to District Court, contrasted by Jeff, living with bipolar disorder, whose suicide attempt leads to a positive encounter with police and transformative healing.  Interwoven with their three year journey are insights from Dr. Paul Linde, ER psychiatrist, embellished with paintbrush-in-motion watercolors.  These compelling and moving chronicles of the struggle for treatment and normalcy for loved ones in a broken mental health care system reveal solutions and the possibility of hope.

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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 Laura’s Law and Kendra’s Law, and the importance of de-escalation training for police officers nationwide.

Making PIECE OF MIND comes out of Sheila Ganz’s personal experience.  Her sister lives with schizophrenia.  The agonizing powerlessness Sheila felt, when she was blocked from getting her sister treatment, drove her to support groups at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Francisco.  At meetings she heard many different stories of family members with loved ones living with serious mental illness.  “The issue was staring me in the face. I knew I had to make this film.”


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Helpline – 1-800-950-6264

National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-8255

You can Text 741741 when you are feeling depressed or suicidal.
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