The World Health Organization has invited Dr. Delaney Ruston, a Seattle physician-turned-documentary filmmaker to Geneva next week to help mark World Mental Health Day and screen her powerful new documentary. Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey into Global Mental Health takes a look at people who live with mental illness in countries around the world, including: China, India, France, Africa and here in the US. On World Mental Health Day (Thursday, October 10), free screenings of the film are set to take place online, as well as hosted by more than 100 groups and organzations, including the WHO. On October 7, Dr. Ruston will help WHO launch its Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan and present a montage from Hidden Pictures to representatives from more than 70 countries).
Dr. Ruston joined Margaret to talk about the inspiration for Hidden Pictures, and what fueled her decision to leave a medical career to focus full-time on filming documentaries which spotlight various mental health issues and challenges faced by people living around the world and very close to home. One of those documentaries is Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, which chronicles her reunion with her father, who lived with schizophrenia.
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NOTE: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) uses two of Dr. Ruston's documentaries ( Unlisted and Crisis in Control ) for training and educational purposes.
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