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Film explores personal toll of mental illness

Dawn Brazell | News Center | Oct. 1, 2013

MUSC hosts screening of film "Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health"

Seeing her father commit suicide in front of her in 2006 forever changed the life of a Stanford-trained physician whose documentary “Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health” will be shown Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. in MUSC’s Drug Discovery building.

Five years in the making, the documentary is the second film by Delaney Ruston, M.D., after her multi-award winning PBS documentary, “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia.” Ruston’s new film explores the narratives of people in India, South Africa, China, France, and the United States who are affected by bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety. It asks questions such as how do families cope in countries where 80 percent of people with mental illness go without treatment.

The screening will be followed by panel discussion with MUSC faculty and leaders in their respective fields: Gail Stuart, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing; and three professors from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Cynthia Swenson, Ph.D., Michael de Arellano, Ph.D., and Baron Short, M.D.

The event is sponsored by the MUSC Center for Global Health, the College of Nursing, South Carolina Clinical and Translational Institute and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day.

Kevin Wiley 

Kevin Wiley, program coordinator for MUSC’s Center for Global Health, said the event is open to the public and is a way to raise awareness and decrease stigma surrounding mental health issues.

“Even though World Health Organization statistics show that 450 million people worldwide have a mental illness, we rarely hear about their lives. The screening and panel discussion will give an inside glimpse into what life is like living with a mental health issue, while exploring the larger need of advocates to break down the stigma barrier for effective progress to be made worldwide.”   

Prior to the event, there will be a catered reception by Mi Xao at 4:30 p.m. in the lobby. Mental health information booths will be in the MUSC horseshoe from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 10 as well as an array of food trucks.

 To see a trailer of the movie and get more information, visit the "Hidden Pictures" website.




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