This coming Saturday, April 20th, at 8/7 Central, the subject of mental illness will be getting the Lifetime Movie treatment. "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" is a portrayal of five short stories, each focusing on a person with mental illness. This is a sort of second installment of a movie first shown a few years ago by Lifetime Television entitled, "Five." In the original "Five," the topic of breast cancer was examined, again in five short stories of five different women. I did watch it and I thought it was a compassionate look at the devastation of living with breast cancer. I am hoping that "Call Me Crazy" will display the same empathy and sensitivity towards its subject matter. In particular, this new movie will explore Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, PTSD, and Depression.
I am happy to see that on Lifetime's "Call Me Crazy" webpage, there is a tab for resources and a link to NAMI is listed under that tab. I am also pleased that mental illness is getting some airtime, and I sure hope it starts some interesting conversations in the general public. As someone who suffered in silent, shameful agony with mental illness for many years, I believe these conversations are long overdue.