The mental health stigma is all around us. Maybe working in the field leaves me more in-tune to it, but it’s there. It’s in the judgements people make out loud.
Man, he belongs in a loony bin.
Mom’s in a mood today. She probably didn’t take her meds.
You work in a psych ward? Aren’t you scared of all those crazy people?
It’s also clear in the silence. The person who is too ashamed to ask for help. The friend who hasn’t called because she doesn’t know what to say. The eye contact you avoid with the homeless vet sitting on the sidewalk holding a coffee can asking for your spare change.
Joey Pantoliano, founder and president of the No Kidding, Me Too organization, set out to tackle the stigma associated with brain dis-ease. The documentary he created is one I have seen more times than I can count. I show it to our patients in some of the groups I facilitate. This film generates a crucial discussion. One that shouldn’t happen with only the 1 in 4 Americans living with a mental illness. A discussion the families, friends, employers, teachers, health care providers, and law makers need engage in.
Next week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Next week, we will be offering the community the opportunity to view this documentary and tackle the mental health stigma.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Gundersen Health La Crosse Campus
Integrated Center for Education
1827 Sims Place
La Crosse, WI 54601
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Mature audience — 15 and over, please. Space is limited and you can register here: www.gundersenhealth.org/no-kidding
For more information about the documentary and the No Kidding, Me Too organization, visit: www.nkm2.org
Doc is one of the folks interviewed in the documentary. I found this on the “No Kidding, Me 2” page on IMDb:
Making the film changed my life
Author: tntdoc from Louisville, KY
4 January 2013
I was in the movie. I’m Rob Campbell, AKA “Doc”,the bipolar, recovering alcoholic and drug addict with ADHD profiled in the film. Amazon.com has me listed as a brain surgeon, but actually I was a heart, lung and vascular surgeon. I’m now a senior psychiatry resident at the University of Louisville,at the age of 60. Making the movie greatly molded my decision to change specialties. My patients who have seen the film,(they frequently show this film to inpatient psychiatry patients,at least around Louisville),love the fact that I’m “one of them”. The film has also been shown to medical and nursing students, social workers and psych nurses here in town. Most of the people I’ve talked to loved the film, although a few, with a stick up their you know whats, thought it was “too humorous a film at times for such a serious subject as mental illness”. While shooting, everybody profiled in the film laughed at times about their illnesses and some of the crazy things they had done. You need a sense of humor to really cope with this disease. Glad people got so much out of the film. Thanks for watching. “Doc”