Movies That Matter: Mental Health… The Invisible Experience
October 20 - October 21
The 2nd annual Movies That Matter film & speaker series.
As a community thought leader, JFS believes Mental Health is one of many crucial topics to address, especially in today’s social climate. Considering the stigma and judgment that is often associated with asking for help or seeking treatment, JFS wants to change the conversation around Mental Health to be more approachable, relatable, and hopeful.
JFS’ goal is to create a space to offer support, share resources, and illuminate the experiences many face alone, undiagnosed or unacknowledged.
Mental Health has been stigmatized for too long; it is vital that, together, we build a more supportive, respectful, and educated community in which individuals and families feel comfortable seeking the help they need.
It’s More Than a Movie!
See more information and details below.
Saturday, October 20th
Doors Open at 2:00 PM
Movie Snacks Available
2:20 Keynote Speaker
Mental Health Advocate
*book sale & signing to follow
Liza Long is an author, educator, and mother of four children, one of whom has bipolar disorder. Her book, The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness, was a “Books for a Better Life” award winner and her essays have appeared in USA Today, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and The Mighty, among other publications. Since her essay “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” went viral, she has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, and other programs. She presented talks on children’s mental health and stigma at TEDx San Antonio in October 2013 and at the National Council for Behavioral Health in March 2016. She was also featured in the HBO documentary A Dangerous Son in May 2018.
Liza holds an M.A. in Classics and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership; her dissertation research focused on mental health advocacy & leadership strengths. She is currently a full time English instructor at the College of Western Idaho.
3:00-3:30 Vendor & Resource Fair
- Jewish Family Services of Delaware
- Recovery Centers of America
- We Work for Health
- The Mental Health Association in DE
- Rockford Center
- Dover Behavioral Health
- NAMI Delaware
- atTAck addiction
- Liza Long Meet & Greet
The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness will be
available for purchase & signing. Pre-order books on our ticketing page!
3:30 Feature Film
Call Me Crazy
Through five powerful shorts, relationships built on hope & triumph raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles with mental illness. Call Me Crazy brings together an all-star ensemble cast to tell the stories of Lucy, a pre-law student with schizophrenia who suffers a break-down when attempting to prove her diagnosis wrong; Grace, the daughter of a bi-polar mother whose manic episode turns dangerous; Alison, the sister of Lucy, struggling to live in a family ruled by her sister’s sickness; Eddie, a stand-up comedian whose jokes turn dark with his depression and whose wife is desperate to understand; and Maggie, a recently returned veteran suffering from PTSD as a result of military sexual trauma. This hopeful portrayal of mental illness demonstrates that we should all strive to understand, rather than stigmatize, and reveals how the bonds of love and family can overcome some of life’s most challenging hurdles.
WARNING: This film portrays scenes that may be considered inappropriate for children.
Viewer discretion is advised.
5:00-6:00 Your Community, Your Voice
Stay after the film for an opportunity for your voice to be heard! Share what you think are the needs of our community and ways you think we can help overcome obstacles & provide resources. Small group discussions will be facilitated by community professionals with your feedback and ideas recorded.
Continue the Conversation at Dinner!
JFS is thrilled to be partnering with local restaurants, who have agreed to donate back a portion of your bill to support the JFS mission!
(Stay tuned for a list of participating restaurants and the partnership voucher)
Sunday, October 21st
Doors Open at 12:30 PM
Lunch & Snacks Provided
Babysitting Available for 1-4 year olds
Limited Spots; Sign Up with Ticket Registration
1:00 Feature Film
Disney Pixar’s animated blockbuster teaches viewers the importance of our emotions. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and there’s no exception for 11-year-old Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life to move with her family to San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness – who help and advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust, turmoil ensues and, although Joy – Riley’s main & most important emotion – tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Touching on the importance of the ability to identify, manage, and communicate our emotions (emotional intelligence) this tear-jerking film speaks to the head as much as it does to the heart.
3:00-4:00 Interactive Workshops for ALL Ages
Presented by Recovery Centers of America
Parent Education: Seeing the Signs
RCA Bracebridge Hall
This Parent Education workshop will provide information on the signs and symptoms of childhood mental health issues and how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) play a role. Parents will learn how depression and anxiety present differently in children compared to adults. We will also explore the ways in which early intervention is key. There will be time for questions and an open discussion after the presentation.
Bonding Music Therapy (Parent-Child Workshop)
Join us for an interactive session for caregivers and their children! Participants will engage in various music experiences – learning how music affects the brain, heart rate, emotion regulation, and developmental stages – and will also practice various techniques with their children during the session. There will be opportunities to ask questions. No musical skills are necessary to have a positive experience!
Coping With Stress (ages 17-25)
LCDP, CADC, CCDP, CPS
CEO, RCA Bracebridge Hall
Stress is an important, yet often overlooked, health issue. We know that the early teen years are marked by rapid changes. Most teens and young adults face stress in changing relationships with peers, new demands of school, safety issues in neighborhoods, and responsibilities to their families. The way in which we cope with this stress can have significant short- and long-term consequences on their physical and emotional health. Difficulties in handling stress can lead to mental health problems, such as depression. This session will focus on the connections between thinking, feeling, and behaving, the benefits of positive self talk, effective coping skills, problem solving and goal setting, as well as dealing with emotions in healthy ways through meditation, and positive communication.
Interactive Mindfulness (ages 11-16)
MFT, LPC, CCDP-D,
Family Services Dir. , RCA
A growing body of evidence suggests that mindfulness practice could be beneficial to teens, helping them cultivate empathy as well as skills for concentration and impulse control. In short, mindfulness can help with navigating the challenges of adolescence. This session will examine why mindfulness can benefit teens & pre-teens, including increasing test performance, lowering anxiety, and increasing happiness. Additionally, we will explore fun ways to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives; we will break down the barriers and misconceptions of mindfulness and make it user-friendly and fun to practice.
Art Therapy (ages 5-10)
Creative self-expression helps people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art Therapy has been proven as an extremely useful tool for children (and adults) to express themselves, especially when it’s difficult to find words to explain their feelings and experiences. Join us for a project to explore emotions and discover different aspects of our own personalities.