Last week, I had the honor of attending a screening for a new documentary called "A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness" at PBS SoCal's studios. It was produced by KVIE, the PBS station in Sacramento, and narrated by Glenn Close.
Words cannot properly describe how informative and inspirational it was to see my fellow native Californians, some famous and some not famous (yet), bravely talk about their struggles with and triumphs over their various illnesses. There were representatives from a variety of ethnicities, backgrounds, and diagnoses, including a wonderful profile on a Vietnamese man who learned how to acknowledge and eventually overcome his PTSD from a war-torn and refugee childhood, while attending medical school, and subsequently becoming a psychiatrist with the special ability to empathize with his patients' suffering.
The documentary will be aired state-wide this Thursday, May 30th, and you can check their website for the air time in your area. Also, once it airs, it will be made available online so people everywhere can watch. In the meantime, here is an extended preview, featuring Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis:
Another synopsis of the event can be found here, including a link to more pictures.
Also, all this week I will talk more about my personal struggles with mental illness in order to commemorate the launch of this documentary and for Mental Health Awareness Month in general.