National Mental Health Awareness Week is Sunday, October 1 – Saturday, October 8.
Across Long Island there are events meant to clarify and provide information and promote the truth that understanding mental health issues is IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE. To see what’s going on across Long Island check this website:www.mhaweek.org
On the Southfork the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton are collaborating to offer a FREE film with discussion and refreshments to follow at The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton on Monday, October 3 at 7:30 PM.
The film No Kidding, Me 2!
is from Joe Pantoliano
of The Sopranos
, The Matrix,
who made this documentary directorial debut as part of his fight against the stigma and shame of mental/brain “dis-ease”.
Nearly 100 million Americans suffer in isolation. In this film Pantoliano’s
candid and humorous discussions with his family shed light on their struggles with his clinical depression.
The film also includes compelling stories of a brain surgeon with bipolar disorder, a psychologist with ADHD, and three high school students managing bipolar disorder and clinical depression. Each discusses their struggles before they were diagnosed including attempts at self-medication and other destructive behaviors. Hope and encouragement are discovered when, managing their own recovery, they realize they are not alone.