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"Out of the Shadow" at Spirit Square

The documentary about one woman's struggle with schizophrenia "Out of the Shadow" will be presented at Spirit Square on December 7

December 5, 2005




Charlotte, NC - More than two million Americans suffer from schizophrenia in any given year. It can be terrifying, with symptoms such as phantom voices and a belief that others are trying to control or hurt them. Treatment helps, but for most patients, schizophrenia never goes away completely.

On Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m., Mecklenburg County residents can see for themselves what schizophrenia patients and their families go through. The documentary "Out of the Shadow" will be presented at Duke Power Theater at Spirit Square, 345 North College Street.

The screening will be followed by panel discussion and question-and-answer session, focusing on the effectiveness of treatment and how more patients are living a productive life. To register for this free event, call 704-336-7462.

Directed, produced and photographed by Susan Smiley, "Out of the Shadow" chronicles her mother, Millie, during her battle with schizophrenia and her trials with the public health care system. A story of madness, dignity, shame and love, the film illuminates the national plight through one family's struggle and helps dispel the stigmas and misconceptions of schizophrenia.

"Out of the Shadow" is presented by the Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health Authority and Janssen Pharmaceutica. The County's clinical director, Dr. Elizabeth Peterson-Vita, will introduce the documentary and moderate the panel discussion. Participating in the discussion are Dr. Bruce Noll from CMC Behavioral Center - Randolph, Cherene Allen-Caraco from Inner Vision, a contract agency that provides psychosocial rehabilitation, and Dr. Wilhelmenia Rembert, vice-chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. A consumer and family member will also participate in the discussion.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: The Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health Authority is committed to quality, compassionate service. If you need help with a developmental disability, mental health or substance abuse issue, call 704-336-6404. Professionals in our screening, triage and referral call center can evaluate your needs and answer questions about access to care. They will schedule an initial appointment or refer you to another community resource.

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