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McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School, will participate in the Global Web Screening of “Hidden Pictures”, an award-winning new film about global mental health, on World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2013. The innovative media event, titled “1 Film, 1 Worldwide Discussion,” will bring together a broad group of international organizations and advocates to host live and online screenings of Hidden Pictures and create a global dialogue about mental health issues.
The producer of “Hidden Pictures” is physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, who grew up in the shadow of her father’s schizophrenia and has spent years caring for the underserved. Ruston has been producing films and creating social campaigns about mental health topics for over a decade with the aim of increasing compassion and promoting action.
Recently awarded “Most Moving Documentary” at Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, Hidden Pictures explores deeply personal mental health stories in India, China, South Africa, France and the U.S., and reveals a global epidemic of silence on mental health.
“From my own personal experience, I know too well the obstacles to getting timely services and treatment for mental illness, and the difficulty of speaking openly about mental health” said Ruston. “Filming people around the world has exposed the shared struggles faced by the 450 million people living with mental illness worldwide. I hope that by telling their stories and spotlighting moments of profound compassion, we can spark a dialogue and begin to create change.”
“McLean Hospital is eager to be a part of a global event that brings together like-minded organizations to raise awareness about mental illness and to spark dialogue about this vitally important issue,” said Scott L. Rauch, MD, president and psychiatrist in chief of McLean.
WHO: McLean Hospital and more than 30 international partners
WHAT: “1 Film, 1 Worldwide Discussion” Global Web Screening of Hidden Pictures
WHEN: World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2013
WHERE: mcleanhospital.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/mcleanhospital
Delaney Ruston is an award-winning filmmaker based in Seattle who recently spent a year filming mental health stories in India as a Fulbright Scholar. Her films have been widely seen at film festivals, conferences, and on PBS, and have been the cornerstone of mental health awareness campaigns. Her award-winning film, “Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia” (2010) chronicled her reunion with her father, who has schizophrenia, after hiding from him for years due to his untreated illness. The film won “Most Compelling Documentary” at The Seattle True Independent Film Festival and has aired on PBS over 1600 times nationally.