Needs – Motivation
Published on Jan 1, 2014, Enlisted Films
Created by: Rony Portillo
Why Crazywise? Why Now?
Most of us know someone affected by mental issues, whether through a family member, friend or our own personal experience. According to The National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from a mental health crisis in their lifetime. Most will occur before the age of 24. It’s no secret that the vast majority of these friends, neighbors and relatives will never find effective, lasting treatment. It’s a sobering fact that more than half of U.S. prisoners and a quarter of America’s homeless suffer from mental health issues.
To counter this trend, survivor-led activists and advocates are emerging to challenge the current system. These movements include successful treatment approaches like Open Dialogue in Northern Finland. In addition to Open Dialogue, the film explores new organizations and programs including: Peer-to Peer counseling, the National Empowerment Center, Stand Up for Mental Health, the Hearing Voices Network, Patients Like Me and Mad Pride. These programs emphasize hope for recovery, acceptance, mentorship and relationships.
It struck Phil that this was the same model of mentor-based relationships he’d witnessed and photographed in Africa, Asia and South America among indigenous cultures. He found some of these insights buried deep in the timeless shamanic traditions of remote indigenous cultures around the world.
Few people are aware that alternative treatments exist due to a lack of mainstream media coverage. This film will present successful options that show how the mentally ill can recover without lifelong medication and stigmatization.
“We heal by entertaining our psyche.” – Denise Maratos
Join us on April 13th at 6.30 p.m. for a tour of Leigh McCloskey’s art discovering the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul and a performance by Mary Pat Gleason, as she explores her journey with health in STOPPING TRAFFIC
$20/ticket, use Pay Pal at 310.457.5398, call Carla McCloskey to RSVP, or the Wildflowers’ Movement at 951.638.WELL