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Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness (2006)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Vision Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2006
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GQLA8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Here is an inside look at what it is like to live with a mental illness and how individuals and their families find their way through medical, governmental, societal and spiritual issues -- to hope.

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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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
This documentary has great intentions.

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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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As a therapist, I use this DVD frequently on inpatient psych unit. Patients get a lot out of it & families as well. Although disturbing in the beginning (throw-back to the early days of mental health abuse), if you can warn your patients that the first few minutes are hard and stay with it, there are lessons to be learned with how people cope and succeed in managing not only their illness, but their lives. The stories presented here are full of hope & lessons of recovery. I highly recommend to anyone learning about mental illness and especially therapists/treatment facilities as a teaching tool for patients & families.
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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful July 29, 2013
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we have support groups with persons with a mental health diagnosis. This book helped as a additions to material we can open up discussions.
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