World Mental Health Day Commemoration

World Mental Health Day Commemoration

OCTOBER 10, 20134:00pm – 6:00pm Trent Semans, Great Hall Room A
Join the Duke community for a documentary screening followed by a faculty-moderated discussion. All faculty, staff and students are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP required – RSVP today


4 p.m.: Welcome
4:05 p.m.: Begin documentary screening “Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey Into Global Mental Health.”
5 p.m.: Moderated discussion and reception begin
6 p.m.: Program concludes
This event is co-sponsored by Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Department of Psychology and Neurosciences, and Duke Global Health Institute. For questions and comments contact Agata Rocka Stadiem at or 919.668.4036.

About “Hidden Pictures” documentary:

Filmmaker Ruston experienced the silence that surrounds mental illness from her own family experience (as seen in the Award winning film, UNLISTED).When she learns that 450 million people globally have a mental health condition she realizes their plight is the most hidden of all. How are people accepted or rejected? What is mental health care like? Who is helping?

In HIDDEN PICTURES Ruston takes us on her journey to answer these questions, uncovering deeply personal stories in India, South Africa, China, France, and the US. Powerful narratives involving bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety, show the universality of our seemingly different worlds.

Through arresting images and poignant verite scenes, the film explores questions such as how do families cope in countries where 80% of people with mental illness go without treatment? What happens when cultural framing of mental illness conflicts with potentially more effective treatments? How can a person be involuntary hospitalized with no right to appeal, as is the case in half the world?

The film ends with an exciting exploration of how people around the world are leading transformational programs to improve the mental health landscape. From the classroom in an international school to the set of Good Morning America with politician Patrick Kennedy, to a new anti-stigma campaign by American actress, Glenn Close campaign, Bring Change 2 Mind, we witness individuals from all backgrounds speaking out for change. What emerge are scenes of true compassion that remind us that we all have the power to help make the hidden pictures of mental illness be a thing of the past.

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