Within These Walls

Within These Walls

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1996 / 2014

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First-hand experiences of former patients reflect the complexities of health care for people who have received psychiatric treatment in this powerful documentary films 20 years ago and re-released on DVD. Seven former patients share their experiences. Anita was admitted to Riverview Hospital in Coquitlam at age 12; at age 37, she took herself off all medications and has not experienced a symptom since. Bill was admitted to the same facility at age 14; by the time he was 52, he had undergone an amalgam of diagnoses. Jeanne was grateful to the mental health institution for giving her some safety from a troubled marriage. Jill has been stabilized by mediation for years and completed a Masters degree after being diagnosed. Mari did not believe she had a mental illness until they induced one in her at the hospital. Roland experienced his first airplane ride when he was handcuffed by a police office and flown to Riverview. Wendy described her hospitalization in a rural setting where she was place in a maternity ward.

With mental health care increasing in importance today, their stories will ring true for those who have worked to re-envision appropriate mental health services in the past and present.


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