Fighting for Mental Health Awareness & Democracy: What to Watch in July

While initiatives are being created across the country to address current conditions and help those who are struggling, the U.S. continues to face a mental health treatment crisis that disproportionately affects communities of color, LGBTQIA+ youth and other underrepresented voices. This July, watch films and features this July that advocate for the fight for mental health awareness and freedom around the world while looking forward to a more open-minded, just and promising future.

Well-Being: BIPOC Mental Health

Over two years since COVID-19, residual stress, lifestyle changes and “long COVID” continue to impact us, but what this has created are open, honest discussions around mental health and well-being in a country where support and resources are still inadequate. BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month brings forth a necessary consciousness of what more can be done for all communities of color who have historically been left out of the system.

'Afghanistan: The Wounded Land' Explores the Decades-Long War for Peace

Afghanistan has fought for sovereignty since long before American interest and interference. Through four films narrated by "The Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini, Afghanistan: The Wounded Land creates an opportunity to learn about Afghanistan’s history, understand the struggles of others who are not unlike ourselves, and build a more peaceful and prosperous global future.

Any Given Day

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.

Decolonizing Mental Health

The series, DECOLONIZING MENTAL HEALTH, 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.

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