MUSC community to commemorate World Mental Health Day

Join the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) community as we commemorate World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2013. There will be a screening of the film, Hidden Pictures: A Personal Journey Into Global Mental Health  and a faculty panel discussion to immediately follow. This event is free and open to the public. 
The address for this location is:


James E. Clyburn Drug Discovery Building
Auditorium (#334)
70 President St.
Charleston, SC 29456

Click here to RSVP by October 1, 2013. Space is limited.
Food will be catered by Mi Xao, delicious Vietnamese cuisine.

Event schedule for October 10, 2013:

  • Gail Stuart, Ph.D., APRN, FAAN - Dean, College of Nursing
  • Cynthia Swenson, Ph.D. - Professor, Family Services Research Center
  • Michael de Arellano, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Moderator: A. Lee Lewis, M.D. - Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

About the film:

Filmmaker Ruston experienced the silence that surrounds mental illness from her own family experience (as seen in the Award winning film, UNLISTED).When she learns that 450 million people globally have a mental health condition she realizes their plight is the most hidden of all. How are people accepted or rejected? What is mental health care like? Who is helping?

In Hidden Pictures, Ruston takes us on her journey to answer these questions, uncovering deeply personal stories in India, South Africa, China, France, and the US. Powerful narratives involving bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety, show the universality of our seemingly different worlds.

Through arresting images and poignant verite scenes, the film explores questions such as how do families cope in countries where 80% of people with mental illness go without treatment? What happens when cultural framing of mental illness conflicts with potentially more effective treatments? How can a person be involuntary hospitalized with no right to appeal, as is the case in half the world?

The film ends with an exciting exploration of how people around the world are leading transformational programs to improve the mental health landscape. From the classroom in an international school to the set of Good Morning America with politician Patrick Kennedy, to a new anti-stigma campaign by American actress, Glenn Close campaign, Bring Change 2 Mind, we witness individuals from all backgrounds speaking out for change. What emerge are scenes of true compassion that remind us that we all have the power to help make the hidden pictures of mental illness be a thing of the past.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 04:50 to 06:45Charleston SC, United States