On Thursday, a "Be Brave: Stand Against Stigma" movie screening will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St., Jamestown.
The event is free and open to the public through a collaboration of Chautauqua Tapestry and the Early Identification and Recognition grant. The agencies received a grant from the state Department of Mental Hygiene.
Organizers term the screening a green carpet event because green signifies new life, new growth and new beginnings. Green is used to raise public awareness to better the lives of people with mental illness. Everyone that attends will have a chance to not only walk the green carpet but also have their picture if they choose to. The event is being held during Mental Illness Awareness week, which runs through Oct. 12.
Prior to the start of the movie there will be a wellness fair that will give community members the chance to walk around and get information on local resources for mental health and wellness. Immediately following the movie will be a brief panel discussion with local mental health professionals and those living with and recovering from mental illness.
The goal of the event is to raise awareness of community resources and to view an empowering film on mental illness by Joe Pantoliano of the Sopranos. The documentary, "No Kidding, Me 2!, shares real life stories of people who have recovered from mental illness, highlighting hope and resiliency. Pantoliano has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression.
A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder. Recovery is possible. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.
One in four adults experience mental illness in a given year. One in 17 live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder while 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.