World Mental Health Awareness Day

Posted on October 9, 2011 by Mike Riddell

“A profoundly  human and life-affirming film, it should be seen by all concerned in mental health and wellbeing, and all who seek to understand the range of dimensions in our humanity”

Monday 10th October is the official World Mental Health Awareness Day. This is something we at The Insatiable Moon have always been happy to promote. Actually, in NZ and some other places we take the whole week to mark it. Thinking about our own mental health, and those aspects of life which either nurture it or diminish it, is a worthwhile undertaking for any of us.

In the UK, there will be the premiere of our doco Lunatic: Destigmatizing Mental Illness with Arthur of Ponsonby (see the Facebook page for it here) at MAC in Birmingham, which will include the screening of the doco, a Q&A with producers, and followed by another screening of the feature film.

In NZ, we’re marking World Mental Health day with a screening of the feature at the Regent cinema in Thames, with Q&A from writer/producer Mike Riddell at 1.30pm on Wednesday 12th October (there’ll be a follow-up fundraising screening at 7.00pm). Hats off to Yvonne Andrew, Moon Ambassador, who has done all the heavy lifting on this.

We’ve just received the following endorsement for the film from Peter Gilbert, Emeritus Professor at Staffordshire University, and author of ‘Spirituality and Mental Health’.

“‘The Insatiable Moon’ is a powerful  film exploring the interplay between the so-called ‘mad’ and so-called ‘normal’ worlds.The Maori actor playing ‘Arthur’ manages an extraordinary depiction of a life with its own inner coherence –a person of luminosity and impelling dignity, who gives and receives much love. While appealing strongly to the viewers’ emotions , the Director avoids any hint of mawishness. It is one of the most sensitive portrayals of the spirituality of an otherworldliness which I can recall.

A profoundly  human and life-affirming film, it should be seen by all concerned in mental health and wellbeing, and all who seek to understand the range of dimensions in our humanity.”

The documentary takes Arthur’s story and that of his companions into our current mental health services, and we see the interpaly between service users and staff in most helpful discuussions of the issues.”

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  1. Mary Trainor-Brigham says:

    I suspect you’re already onto this organization:
    http://www.nami.org/

    October 13th, 2011 at 10:34 pm ()

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