Decolonizing Mental Health: “Crazywise” Film Screening & Open Dialogue
Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
7:00 – 9:00
“Crazywise” is a documentary that looks at other explanations for human despair, trauma and extreme states, in particular, the spiritual (non-religious) roots, and how different cultures perceive these experiences. It explores cultural and spiritual ways of supporting people through intense experiences that colonial capitalist culture labels ‘psychosis’, ‘manic depression’ and ‘schizophrenia’, and questions the ‘brain chemistry imbalance’ theory and chemical incarceration as the only one-stop cure-all for people with “incurable brain disease”. It also openly addresses the madness of a society that promotes individualization, competition and the pursuit of ‘success’ at the cost of community and life on Mother Earth.
On Wednesday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm, there will be an online town hall discussion called “Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening” with a number of people featured in the film, including Gabor Mate. For more information on this, you can find it and register here.
If you yourself, or someone you know or love has suffered in this way, or if you work with people with ‘mental illness’, we highly recommend checking out this film. This film will help you to reconsider how we perceive and handle ‘mental health’ problems in western society.
If you can’t make the screening, the film is available for free on vimeo until March 27th at least. You can view it here. If this link doesn’t work, you can go to the town hall link above, register for the town hall, and they will send you the video link from there. We may screen the film at the Decolonization Space in the future as well, we will see whether people think it would be good to show there. Any feedback is welcome.
For people who have been harmed by, or are survivors of the psychiatric and mental health systems, please be aware that this film can be triggering. Please be sure to have non-judgmental supports in place. I am happy to offer peer support and a compassionate ear, and can be available by email, phone or to meet for tea. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you would like to view this film together next Tuesday, or at another time.