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In a world that shuns people with brain disorders PIECE OF MIND delves into the complexities of severe mental illness.  A devoted mother of a son with schizophrenia and two Japanese American sisters, whose sister with schizoaffective disorder was shot by police, pursue treatment for their loved one in a failed mental health system that shuts them out.  A man with bipolar disorder takes medication after attempting suicide and must balance emotional stability with side effects.  Their intimate accounts expose the battle for compassion and a continuum of care vs. systemic neglect of this urgent public health crisis.

Please support completion of the timely documentary PIECE OF MIND in 2020.  You can make a donation in any amount on the film’s GoFundMe page.  With a $100 donation your name, or your loved one will be in the credits of the film.  Watch the video with introduction by Sheila Ganz, Director, find out more about the people in the film, and decide on the Reward you want for the donation levels.  Donations on this page are not tax-deductible.  You can make a tax-deductible donation in any amount through the film’s fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies here.   Thank you for supporting family caregivers with loved ones and persons living with serious mental illness!

This film comes out of filmmaker, Sheila Ganz’ experience with her sister, who lives with schizophrenia.  Read the essay:  One of the Lucky Ones by Sheila Ganz

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.


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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