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Mental illness is a tremendous challenge for individuals who live with a condition like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, for their families and friends and, ultimately, for the community.

The dimensions of this urgent problem are brought to light in “Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness,” a television program produced for broadcast on PBS that will be shown in a free public screening at Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 307.

Bipolar Insights will present screening and following discussion, to encourage community dialogue about what can be done to improve treatment options, combat stigma and increase community support for people with mental illness and their families.

“Mental illness is what you have not who you are,” said Marcia Rose of Bipolar Insights. “No one is immune, we need to confront the challenges of mental illness and determine sound public policies for treatment and support that can lead to balance.”

“Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness,” produced by the Fred Friendly Seminars, brings together U.S Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Nobel-Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, author Pete Earley – who wrote a gripping account of his family’s experience when his son developed mental illness – as well as other panelists from law, medicine and public policy who have personal and professional experience with the challenges of mental illness.

The program illuminates challenging ethical issues as well as medical practices that can be barriers to treatment.

It also explores the growing reliance on the criminal justice system to manage people with mental illness, a consequence of limited community-based treatment options and support.

In diagnosing the problems resulting from a fragmented mental health care system, “Minds on the Edge” provides a glimpse of many solutions that are currently being implemented across the country. These innovations, many shaped by the guidance and expertise of people with mental illness, offer promising solutions and hopeful direction to transform the mental health system.

For more information contact Marcia Rose at 530-642-0859, bipolarinsights.com or trust@bipolarinsights.com.

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