Movies

 

Documentaries

Suicide: The Ripple Effect 

Suicide The Ripple Effect takes you on a journey with Kevin Hines who survived jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in an attempt to take his life. Since then Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find hope and stay alive. The film features some of the world's leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.

Warning: This Drug May Kill You

This 2017 HBO documentary by Perri Peltz has us crisscross the country and meet white, middle American families (where the opioid epidemic has now spread) that have lost a child, parent or other family member to an opioid overdose. A warning, as you can imagine, there are few stories as rough as when a child dies, and in these instances a potentially preventable death. Ms. Peltz educates us about the opioid epidemic, brings great compassion to her encounters with these families, and leaves us with a message that it is time to curtail this epidemic, which can be done - though with strategies different from criminalization and blaming people with a substance use disorder.

Kids in Crisis 

The steps between the child and adult mental health systems told candidly through the eyes of a worried parent. TV presenter Sean Fletcher has previously witnessed his son Reuben’s path to treatment and subsequent hospitalization for severe obsessive-compulsive disorder and has taken it upon himself to investigate the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind 

Robin Williams is a household name when it comes to comedy and acting, remembered for his timeless roles in films such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji and Dead Poets Society, to name a few. Beyond comedy, Williams' on-camera persona carried an air of vulnerability and emotion unlike his contemporaries. 
Directed by Marina Zenovich, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind uses rare archival footage from the actor's life to closely examine the inner workings of his brilliance, which were deeply impacted by substance abuse, dementia diagnosis and, what many perceived, as an addiction to comedy itself.

Men Get Depression

Men Get Depression is a one-hour HD documentary released on American Public Television and explores the devastating effects of depression through the intimate profiles of real men, including a former NFL Quarterback, a Fortune 500 CEO, an Iraq War veteran, a university professor, a pastor and others. “Others describe rash and risky behaviors that put themselves and others in danger and how this was related to emotional pain and a sense of worthlessness.”

Films

The Glass Castle

She emotionally survived the chaos and recklessness of her parents (and grandparents) and became a writer. The film is stunningly shot and amazingly acted, and we had panelists speak who were raised in similar families. Some in the audience, during the discussion, did wonder how all four children could have achieved adult lives as free of the residua of trauma as was depicted in the film.

To the Bone

Ellen is an unruly 20-year-old anorexic girl who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules, Ellen must discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance

It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life - which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Brain On Fire

Susannah Cahalan, an up-and-coming journalist at the New York Post becomes plagued by voices in her head and seizures. As weeks progress and Susannah quickly moves deeper into insanity, her behaviors shift from violence to catatonia. After a series of tantrums, misdiagnoses, and a lengthy hospital stay, a doctor's last-minute intervention enables him to give her a diagnosis and a chance to rebuild her life.

The Perks of being a Wallflower

Socially awkward teen Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a wallflower, always watching life from the sidelines, until two charismatic students become his mentors. Free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller) help Charlie discover the joys of friendship, first love, music and more, while a teacher sparks Charlie's dreams of becoming a writer. However, as his new friends prepare to leave for college, Charlie's inner sadness threatens to shatter his newfound confidence.

Beyond The Silence

This film appears to be a bit of a crime thriller. But it is really about serious mental illness and the criminal justice system. A man in a severely psychotic state murders his mother. Set in New Jersey, he comes to trial and is found guilty. But with treatment, which he finally takes in lock-up and often did not when he lived with his wife and son before his crime, he improves substantially and is working his way, step by step, out of prison. People with serious mental illnesses can be violent, but the most effective way to prevent that is by early and continuous, community-based treatment.

The Dark Horse

After suffering a nervous breakdown, chess player Genesis Potini (Cliff Curtis) volunteers to teach a group of disadvantaged children how to play the game.


This award-winning film tells the true story of speed chess champ Genesis Potini (played by Cliff Curtis). Potini, who was Maori and lived with bipolar disorder, volunteered to coach a group of disadvantaged youth in competitive chess. The Dark Horse is hailed as “one of the greatest New Zealand films ever made.”