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Film Screening and discussion - Shattered Families: Collapse of our Mental Health System
by WTUL News & Views
Friday Sep 9th, 2016 8:14 AM
Janet Hays interviews Nicole Forston (Producer), and Laura Pogliano (mother and mental health advocate), about the new film documentary Shattered Families: Collapse of our Mental Health System. The lack of a functional mental healthcare system all too often leaves untreated seriously mentally ill people incarcerated, homeless and dead. It also takes a physical and emotional toll on caregivers who have few support options when a loved one is in mental health crisis.
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Janet Hays interviews Nicole Forston (Producer), and Laura Pogliano (mother and mental health advocate), about the new film documentary Shattered Families: Collapse of our Mental Health System. The lack of a functional mental healthcare system all too often leaves untreated seriously mentally ill people incarcerated, homeless and dead. It also takes a physical and emotional toll on caregivers who have few support options when a loved one is in mental health crisis.

After hearing Dr. Stephen Seager interviewed about his book: Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: A Year with the Criminally Insane - where he documents atrocities happening at the Napa State Psychiatric Facility where he was working, Nicole Forston reached out to encourage him to create a visual representation of the book. What ensued after that first conversation resulted in something much larger. The film is an excellent historical summary of how well-intentioned mental health laws, gone awry, have shattered families.

Laura Pogliano, featured in the film along with other families, has turned the tragedy that happened to her family as a result of being unable to access services and care for her seriously mentally ill son into mental health advocacy. She created Parents4Care for Serious Mental Illness to assist families when they find themselves having to drop out of life and short of resources when a loved-one is spiraling downward. Read more about Laura and her organization here: http://bit.ly/2cIvuXA

“…whatever national mental health system once existed, has now totally collapsed. Where once we offered treatment, patients with untreated serious mental illness now suffer unspeakable degradation as their families endure intolerable pain and indignity trying and failing to get needed medical care for their disastrously sick loved ones.” - Stephen Seager, MD

Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/172957983
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