A filmmaker and three Chicagoans navigate the complexities of living with mental illness.
Filmmaker Margaret Byrne follows three formerly incarcerated Chicagoans as they manage their respective mental illnesses while searching for stability in their families, friendships, jobs and housing. While documenting the challenges that are faced at the intersections of a punitive carceral system, poverty and substance use, Byrne reckons with her own history of mental illness.
The series dismantles the racism that underscores the mental healthcare industry. By focusing its gaze on the transformative work of therapists and individuals of color, it calls for a redressal of the ways in which we define psychiatric illness and health.
Well-Being: BIPOC Mental Health
In July, BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month brings forth a necessary consciousness of what is being done and what more can be done for BIPOC communities who have historically been left out of the mental healthcare system. Mental health treatment, especially for people of color, is often met with minimal responsiveness, leaving the people managing mental health conditions, and those caring for them, struggling to find healing and wellness independently.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States in 2020, Americans have had to cope with working, educating and caretaking from home while isolated and separated from loved ones afar. Now, over two years later, residual stress, lifestyle changes and "long COVID" continue to impact individuals and families as a whole. But what this has created is open, honest discussion around mental health and well-being in a country where support and resources are still inadequate.
WORLD Channel showcases stories of mental health, continuing the conversation from last year’s digital series Decolonizing Mental Health. This month, America ReFramed presents Any Given Day, following three Chicagoans as they face the complexities of living with mental illness.
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