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Norwalk Library Screens 'Healing Voices,' About Mental Illness

“Healing Voices,” will be shown by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board at the Norwalk Public Library, followed by a discussion.
“Healing Voices,” will be shown by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board at the Norwalk Public Library, followed by a discussion. Photo Credit: Norwalk Library website

NORWALK, Conn. -- “Healing Voices,” a new social action documentary film about mental illness, will be shown by the Southwest Regional Mental Health Board at the Norwalk Public Library on Thursday, June 2, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A discussion session will follow the screening.

Produced, written and directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, “Healing Voices” explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals, and asks the question: What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness?'

This character-driven documentary follows three subjects over nearly five years, and features interviews with notable international experts including Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the ‘medical model’ of mental health treatment.

Whether or not viewers agree with the film’s perspective, it promotes empathy for people with mental illness and the way they are treated by the behavioral health system -- food for thought in a country where one in five adults, and one in 13 schoolchildren are taking a psychiatric medication.

The film recently made its world premiere at the 14th annual Boston International Film Festival and won an “Indie Spirit” award for documentary.

“Healing Voices” is co-produced by Oryx Cohen, who is also one of the subjects of the film, in addition to Jennifer Constantine and Dan Sullivan.

For more information about “Healing Voices,” click here.

Contact Cindye Bloom Lahey, director of Library Information Services, (203)-899-2780, ext. 15133, or clahey@norwalkpubliclibrary.org, for further information about this program.

The Norwalk Library is at 1 Belden Ave.

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