At the Children’s Mental Health Network conference in Tampa last week we met a woman involved in the making of a film on the stigma of mental illness. In our Department of Psychiatry here at Massachusetts General Hospital we often say that “no family goes untouched.” Our experience is that whenever someone is brave enough to talk openly of mental illness, whomever they are sharing the experience with invariably has a story themselves – from their own life or someone they love. And yet, the stigma around mental illness continues to be a major barrier to treatment.
We are hoping the power of film can help break down some barriers especially when it comes to children’s mental health. Check out Illness, a critically acclaimed film by Jonathan Bucari.