All These Flowers
It tells the emotionally charged story of 6 people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder from across the United States. They come from different family structures, financial situations, and treatment strategies. Shot over the course of 2 years, the film captures the struggle of mental illness and how our healthcare system is under-equipped to help. Ranging from a young man living homeless in Colorado and an inmate in Kansas, to a young mother in Wisconsin and a retiree in Pennsylvania, the film expresses the diversity and complexity of the diagnosis while addressing the stigmas and challenges faced by those who are diagnosed. It digs into their relationships with their spouses, children, parents, counselors, and communities. It speaks of the love and support necessary for recovery and the consequences possible when the support is not there.
The overall message of the film is simple—we all struggle. And though some of our struggles can be given the same name they can be expressed differently from person to person. The film is a bold look at a deeply complex and widely misunderstood illness. Ultimately it is a story of victory: of finding identity apart from a diagnosis, hope where there was despair, and recovery from an incurable disease. Alycia Betz affirms in the film, “This is not a death sentence. Bipolar Disorder is not a death sentence”.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Define what Bipolar Disorder is according to our current understanding. Discuss the issues of an under-equipped healthcare system, along with the struggles faced by someone diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Keyword(s): Advocacy for health and health education
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in film and video production for over 10 years. I graduated cum laude with a degree in film in media. I produced on feature length documentary which won the "Emerging Filmmakers" award at the Kansas City Film Fest and was accepted into the APHA film festival in 2014.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.