- Running time64 minutes
8 April / 7pm / The Box / £4, £3 (Members & Concs)
A unique docu-drama which critically examines psychiatry from the point of view of those on the receiving end - the patients. Made with a group of current and former psychiatric patients who held full editorial control, many of the actors in the drama sequences had been service users, others were involved in the editing and production process.
Many of the survivors interviewed were activists such as; Jan Wallcraft who became Mindlink's first co-ordinator, David Crepaz-Keay, who went onto managing Mental Health Media, then Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion at Mental Health Foundation, Peter Campbell the founder of Survivor's Speak Out', Mike Lawson the first survivor vice-chair of National Mind (who got elected in favour of a psychiatrist who was so angry at not being elected he demanded a recount). Mike also designed one of the first Crisis Cards.
Issues such as treatments, labelling, care in the institution, the attitudes and approach of professionals and the role that psychiatry plays in our society, are all explored through the patients' experiences and through the stylised dramatisation of a woman's experience of entering hospital for depression.
This film reflects the cultural attitudes, medical procedures and language of the time it was made. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards, but the issues raised are timeless. It's a seminal piece of work which you would never see now as criticism of services is more stifled and radical activism has been dumbed down by policy and recovery approaches.
With an introduction and discussion led by Malcolm Kinney, reVision member and lecturer, in Social Work at LJMU; and Patricia Stoll, reVision member and mental health activist.
The film is part of Society, Politics and Mental Health series selected by activist mental health organisation reVision to explore the social and political contexts of mental health through history.
reVision is an alliance of critically aware thinkers, such as academics, voluntary sector workers, students, social workers, service users and other community activists who are committed to promoting the social model of mental health.
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