United Counseling Service will be hosting a screening of the Documentary Beyond Silence at Oldcastle Theatre at 331 Main Street Wednesday, November 8th at 6pm. Immediately following will be a discussion session with Dr. Alya Reeve, Medical Director of UCS.
The film introduces Jeff, Lauren and Lloyd, three different people who share one common experience—their lives have been transformed by speaking up for mental health. It provides a glimpse into their lives and their diagnoses—which include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and anxiety—ultimately weaving together a story about how speaking up is key to living well. Beyond Silence, directed by Shaul Schwarz and executive produced by Demi Lovato, celebrates the strength, perseverance and dedication of these courageous individuals determined to break through the silence often associated with mental illness and help others along the way.
“The stigma of mental illness can often lead individuals to believe that no one can understand their story,” says Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of United Counseling Service. “We hope this film and the discussion to follow sheds light on the common experiences that many individuals with mental illness share.”