The documentary PIECE OF MIND is about a mother determined to get her son with schizophrenia on medication, two Japanese American siblings who took up the legal battle for compensation after their sister, diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, was shot by police when she refused to go to the hospital for evaluation and survived, and a man whose bipolar hypomania was a “bright tunnel of white light” until he lost his job.  Their quest for a normal life reveals the internal and systemic barriers to care for persons living with serious mental illness and humane solutions to this public health crisis.

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

Please 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 here.   With a $100 donation your name or a loved one 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.


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

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© 2019 Sheila Ganz