Solano County

NAMI Solano to show documentary

By From page A3 | May 15, 2014

FAIRFIELD — What if your daughter had schizophrenia? Would you hide her away?

The trailer for the documentary “Hidden Pictures” asks theoretical questions about those around the world who have some form of mental illness. NAMI Solano County will show the film Monday during Mental Health Awareness Month.

“The global outreach of this film provides an excellent opportunity to learn both about mental health as part of overall health and the need to be alert to symptoms of mental illness,” said a NAMI press release.

Filmmaker and Stanford-trained physician Delaney Ruston, who has a father diagnosed with schizophrenia, started making documentaries 15 years ago to spark interest in neglected health-related topics, according to www.hiddenpicturesfilm.com.

Ruston’s “Hidden Pictures” shows personal stories that involve bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety in countries such as India and France. The film reveals a global epidemic of silence around mental illness, according to the release.

“Early identification and treatment makes a big difference in successful management of an illness and recovery,” said Dorothy Laney, president of NAMI Solano County, in the release. “Erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness also does much toward improving the quality of life for those living with mental illness and their loved ones.”

The public is invited to the 6:30 p.m. showing at Aldea Children and Family Services, 470 Chadbourne Road, Fairfield. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about NAMI Solano County, call 422-7792 or send an email to [email protected]

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Mental Health Awareness Month

  • One in four adults experience mental health problems every year, which can contribute to the onset of serious medical conditions such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
  • Among children and teens, one in five experience serious emotional disorders every year. Approximately one-half of chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14 and three-quarters by age 24.

Source: The National Alliance on Mental Illness

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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