November 29, 2005
The program includes interviews with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, who issued the landmark Report on Mental Health in 1999, as well as interviews with individuals living with mental illness and family members.
Produced by Mennonite Media as a special presentation of the National Council of Churches, it includes discussion of the need for a greater role by faith communities in eliminating stigma and providing support for treatment and recovery.
"This is an important documentary," said NAMI executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. "Its broadcast is a public service. It connects on a very human level and makes a unique contribution to public education. The ABC-TV network is to be congratulated for distributing the program to its affiliates. We encourage all stations to air it and all churches and community organizations to publicize it."
"Unfortunately, a significant number of our churches still see mental illness as a result of a moral or spiritual failure. Some see it as having to do with demonic possession," says Reverend Susan Gregg-Schroeder, of the California Pacific Conference of the
NAMI leaders featured in the film include:
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