SHARING SHORT FILMS IS SOMETHING YOU CAN DO THIS MINUTE TO HELP SHED LIGHT ON GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH.
HERE ARE A FEW SHORTS CREATED BY Delaney Ruston ALONG WITH HER TEDX TALK ON THESE TOPICS:
“Global mental health – its turn has come”
This five-minute film explores how global mental health is finally gaining momentum. In developing countries, eight in 10 people with mental illness go untreated. But a community of world leaders is beginning to take note. An individual’s mental well-being not only has implications for their personal life and immediate family. It also has an economic burden of a national scale. Mental disorders cost national economies several billion dollars both in treatment and in the loss of productivity. Film by Delaney Ruston.
“When India Comes to Mind…does mental health come to mind?”
This one-minute video asks us to think about what mental health services are needed in India and in our own communities. Can a country that has dramatically expanded the IT sector worldwide and trained thousands of ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists), also revolutionize mental health care? What services would you like to see in your city and beyond?
“Break the Silence Around Mental Illness”- TED Talk by the director
Recently, “Hidden Pictures” director, Delaney Ruston, did a TED Talk in Seattle. She shared her own experience growing up with a father diagnosed with schizophrenia late in life. Delaney discovered that sharing personal stories can inspire compassion and help eradicate stigma. Please watch.
“Go Away Evil” – Delaney Ruston
Winner of the best documentary for SCARF film festival (2012), “Go Away Evil” explores the more than 300 million people in the developing world afflicted by mental illness. Of that astounding number, 8 out of ten go untreated. Filmmaker Delaney Ruston follows Buyiswa, a young South African mother, as she recounts her struggle with mental illness and eventual treatment. Watch the film here: