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“Hidden Pictures” Film Screening at LIU Post Oct. 10

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
516-299-2333

Brookville, N.Y. - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Queens/Nassau and LIU Post Department of Health, Physical Education & Movement Science will join 50 other sites in hosting the global web screening of “Hidden Pictures.”  This award-winning new film about global mental health will be presented on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2013. The innovative media event, titled “1 Film, 1 Worldwide Discussion,” will bring together a broad group of international organizations and advocates and create a global dialogue about mental health issues.

The film will be shown from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall. Admissions is free.

According to the World Health Organization, 450 million people globally have some type of mental illness and yet their stories are rarely heard. “Hidden Pictures is one of the first feature documentaries on global mental health. This screening event is part of a growing movement to use social media, web streaming, and organization partnerships to raise awareness at exponential levels.

Award-winning filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston, who grew up in the shadow of her dad’s schizophrenia, explores the hidden struggles faced by all those living with mental illness worldwide. Through deeply personal stories involving people with bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia and anxiety in India, China, Africa, France and the US, “Hidden Pictures” reveals a global epidemic of silence around issues related to mental illness. Additionally, the film illuminates moments of profound compassion and remarkable change.

NAMI is a nationwide, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to making a better life for all those affected by mental illness by providing support, education and advocacy.  For more information about NAMI: contact NAMI Queens/Nassau (516) 326-0797, www.namiqn.org.  For more information about the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science, College of Education, Information and Technology, contact Dr. Nana Koch at nkoch@liu.edu or call (516) 299-2671.

Posted 09/13/2013

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