May is Mental Health Awareness Month
On March 1st, 2015, I got a great opportunity to be in the NAMI commercial for mental health awareness month in May. I was filmed as an extra, in Dallas, TX.
The commercial will air in May. For some that don’t know, May is the month for National Mental Health Awareness.
I can’t wait to see it, and for awareness to spread and stigma to lessen as much as it can. I will post the commercial when it comes in. So keep a look out for it! Keep checking back at this page for continuous updates of resources between now and May, that have helped me, personally, and others.
In the mean time, visit www.NAMI.org and look for your local NAMI chapter!
Here’s a behind the scenes of the commercial shoot!
Here are films about schizophrenia or having to do with schizophrenia. In order from the oldest movie to the newest one. Most of them are in my personal library too. Ive made the links clickable. They should all take you to the International Movie Database which tells you everything about the movie that youll ever want to really know and even each movie has its own message board at the bottom of the site where people can discuss the film.
David And Lisa (1962)
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden (1977) (Not sure about this film. Later was said the woman had actually dissociation mostly)
Benny & Joon (1993)
Clean Shaven (1993) (The most accurate depiction of Schizophrenia that I have ever seen of Schizophrenia and will probably ever see. I have seen A LOT of films on mental illness. This movie has no comedy. Its not made by hollywood driven film. Its all drama.)
Angel Baby (1995)
Jupiters Wife (1995) (Actually a documentary on a homeless woman with schizophrenia)
Girl Interrupted (1999)
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Cutting For Stone (2008)
The Soloist (2009)
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
People Call Me Crazy (2014) (Documentary)
There are so many movies I missed that are REALLY good about mental illness BUT I only put the ones that specifically had to do with schizophrenia or that included clear cut storylines about schizophrenia. Theres probably some I missed and I havent seen everything especially older films. A few of these are love films so I was hesitant about that but its ok. I also only included films that ACTUALLY depicted schizophrenia in respectable, proper, and real-to-life way. Which means I didnt include films that were comedies or depicted schizophrenia with the wrong diagnoses (such as Dissociative Identity Disorder aka Multiple Personality Disorder). I also didnt include films that profited on schizophrenia like extreme horror films. I am really passionate about film – in general – and I truly believe mental illnesses like Schizophrenia should be depicted like reality so people dont feel so alone or stigmatized about it.