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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Source: The National Alliance on Mental Illness