Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher are featured in Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness, but the most powerful voices are those of persons who live each day with mental illness, including some NAMI and FaithNet leaders.
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Originally broadcast in early 2006 on ABC-TV stations around the country as part of the “Vision and Values” documentary series produced by the National Council of Churches, Shadow Voices is available for purchase in VHS ($19.95) or DVD ($24.95) format, plus shipping and handling. Call 1-800/999-3534.
The film’s Web site also offers a wealth of information for ministers, program directors, and newsletter editors.
Discussion guides divide the documentary into topics and suggests several questions for each. One is suitable for a relatively short 90-minute program. Another provides an outline for six study sessions, with questions for discussion, scripture references, and other information.
Other sections include Sermon Starters, Worship Resources, and Scriptures of Comfort.
The documentary is billed as “an intimate, inside look at what it is like to live with a mental illness and how individuals and their families find their way through a tangle of mental, medical, governmental, societal, and spiritual issues.” Its interviews examine people’s experiences with stigma, recovery and rehabilitation, insurance discrimination, and how faith
As the film also shows, spiritual faith and support can play a role in recovery.
“Mental illness is not a struggle between good and evil inside us. It’s a brain disorder. It’s a chemical imbalance,” says Bob Carolla of
“Recovery happens and we need to support recovery,” agrees Lyn Leger of
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