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Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness
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Ten people with mental illness tell their stories, and many experts and advocates in the field add helpful perspectives.
Bonus material includes more personal stories and historical background, help for churches in relating to mental illness, support of family members, self-care, and more. A PDF discussion guide is included.
Spanish subtitles available (main program only)
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It spells out the ways in which the problems of the mentally ill become everyone's problems. If some people don't receive treatment, they become absentees or increase the numbers of the unemployed. If health benefits don't cover mental illnesses, patients go to doctors for physical side effects when they really should be seen by therapists. The work does a wonderful job in showing how deinstitutionalization helped to lead to the increase in the prison population. I especially loved that the interviewees here were diverse in terms of race and gender.
The work begins by saying it was produced by an interfaith group. As a non-religious person, I was initially disturbed by the "churchiness" of the piece. But in all fairness, the work does say many individuals with problems approach their spiritual advisers before anyone else. Also, this work both praises how churches have helped this population and criticizes them when they turn their backs on these people. This was a well-rounded and fair-minded discussion.
As much as I am happy to have seen this work and happy that it was produced at all, I have two major concerns. I thought the people focused upon were "the acceptable ones." In our oppressive society, light-skinned blacks are treated better than dark-skinned ones. Latinos who are bilingual are treated better than those that only speak Spanish. Gay men and lesbians who gender-conform are treated better than those who are gender-radical. Here, this work doesn't focus on people who are severely retarded or psychotic. No one is shown talking to themselves or yelling in public "I am the Lizard Queen!" It covers depressants, bipolar people, and others.Read more ›