Over two years, the feature documentary PIECE OF MIND takes an intensely personal look at the challenges facing Frances and Patricia, Japanese American, and their sister, Teresa, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, who was shot by police when she did not want to go to the hospital and survived; Linda whose son, Jesse, lives with schizophrenia, is about to be evicted from his unlivable apartment and thinks he owns the building; and Jeff whose bipolar hypomania was “a white tunnel of white light” until he lost his job and attempted suicide, then had a positive encounter with police. Their moving stories shed light on the cognitive and systemic barriers to inpatient psychiatric care, the role of law enforcement and solutions to this urgent public health crisis.
Help support completion of the timely documentary PIECE OF MIND in 2019. You can make a tax deduction donation in any amount through the film’s fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies. For information go to the Donate page. With a $100 donation your name, or someone you designate will be in the credits of the film. Thank you for supporting families with loved ones and persons living with serious mental illness!
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.”
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