According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, nearly 62 million Americans are affected by mental illness annually. It is Mental Health Awareness Week an opportunity to remember that stigma still exists for those diagnosed with mental illness and that there is a vital need to raise awareness.
Take a few minutes and watch this short powerful film that makes the unfortunate point about psych care and veteran suicide. The film is a collaboration of Mark Pinto, a retired Marine, former Buddhist priest and social artist, and Patricia Lee Stotter. It will also serve as a pre-curtain preface for Paul Genega and Patricia Lee Stotter’s full-length theater piece “Paging Doctor Faustus.” (more…)