From NAMI California Newsletter: Award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close will narrate “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,” an inspiring documentary that tells the stories of everyday people to shatter myths about mental illness, highlighting the struggles faced by those with mental health challenges, and their hope, resilience and recovery.
One in four American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental health illness in any given year, but many don’t seek help because of fear of judgment, isolation and discrimination.
Through the stories of real Californians, viewers of “A New State of Mind” will come to understand that mental health challenges are more common than they think, that they can be managed and that recovery is possible. Elyn Saks, professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law and author, former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy and five-time Olympic medalist diver Greg Louganis are among the many subjects profiled in the hour-long documentary.
Ms. Close is a dedicated mental health advocate, having founded a national anti-stigma campaign, Bring Change 2 Mind in partnership with The Balanced Mind Foundation, Fountain House, and Garen & Shari Staglin of the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO). The idea for Bring Change 2 Mind was born when Ms. Close volunteered at Fountain House in order to learn more about mental illness, which both her sister, Jessie Close, and nephew, Calen Pick, live with.
“The toxic stigma around mental illness can be as painful as the illness itself,” said Ms. Close. “It’s crucial that these diverse and powerful stories are told and shared so that everyone realizes that mental illness touches us all. No one need struggle in isolation, silence and shame. Listening and having the courage to join the conversation will save lives.”
“A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness” is produced by KVIE, Sacramento’s PBS station, as part of a comprehensive statewide effort to increase the number of people who seek early help for mental challenges by reducing stigma and discrimination around mental illness. It is a Prevention and Early Intervention program of California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working together to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families, and communities, and funded by the voter-approved California Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).
The documentary will air on PBS stations across California during primetime on May 30.
Regional air times are listed below:
- Eureka / KEET: 10 p.m.
- Redding / KIXE: 10 p.m.
- San Francisco / KQED: 10:30 p.m. on May 31
- Fresno & Bakersfield / KVPT, Valley PBS: 8 p.m.
- Reno & Lake Tahoe / KNPB: 8 p.m.
- San Francisco Bay Area / KMTP: 8 p.m.
- Los Angeles / KLCS & KOCE: 10 p.m.
- Sacramento / KVIE: 9 p.m.
- San Jose, Salinas, Monterey / KQED Plus: 10 p.m.
- North Bay / KRCB: 8 p.m.
- San Bernardino/Riverside / KVCR: 8 p.m.
- San Diego / KPBS: 10 p.m.
- PBS SoCaL: 10 p.m.
To learn more about “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness” and California’s mental health movement, visit EachMindMatters.org.
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