As many of you might know, my 2017 book No One Cares About Crazy People is in development as an independent documentary film.
The director, Gail Freedman, is expanding the book’s theme to include not only the story of my schizophrenia-afflicted family, but stories of similar families across the United States, with interviews by Gail and footage by her crews in various cities and towns.
This work-in-progress has great potential in expanding the story of serious mental illness, and in educating both political leaders and citizens about SMI: its unsuspected prevalence in the population and its untold costs in public safety, human misery and to our national wealth. Combating SMI is a feasible task, yet it remains crippled by the appalling lack of societal information about its causes, dangers, and treatment. The damage is compounded by the unconscionable negligence among policymakers, law enforcement, prison systems, educators, and even some psychiatrists.
Gail is forging ahead on this project—traveling the country to gather portraits of ravaged families and struggling victims—even as she continues to seek funding for the film’s completion.
You can help. Gail has created a powerful website, filled with information and links to glimpses of the families and experts she has interviewed. You can access it at https://noonecaresfilm.com.
Please review this shocking yet hopeful documentary, and help Gail complete it and present it to the world.