Praise for Out of the Shadow
I just finished my first year of medical school in Ohio, and I just caught your documentary on public television. I am writing to thank you both for sharing your story with me. I learned more by watching this film than I have in all of the psychiatry lectures I have attended. Your film was both brave and beautiful. Thank you very much.
Less than 24 hours ago, I viewed Out of the Shadow on the local PBS station. I want to explain to you that during a span of 60 minutes, I found myself totally engaged and brought to tears by your message. I find it compelling that I am sharing the following story with you, a stranger, when rarely speak to family and friends about it….I thank you for sharing, for listening and for having a positive impact on our lives.
As professional researchers and educators, we often take a focused approach in addressing mental health issues. In doing so it can be easy to oversimplify the personal and situational realities and complexities faced by family members affected by mental illnesses. Susan Smiley’s Out of the Shadow strikes at the heart of what family members experience day in and day out over their lifetimes, and across multiple generations. Showing this documentary creates urgency and forces an evaluation for our plans in reaching out to individuals with mental illnesses and their family members. It forces us to ask: “Who are the Millie’s and Susan’s out there in the world and how can we best help them?”
Thank you, Susan, for your film. Thank you for being an educator and advocate for this special part of our population at a time when there are ever shrinking resources for them.
I have a twenty three year old daughter with schizophrenia. It really hit home with me. I am glad to know that I am not alone in dealing with a family member with this problem. Thank you for sharing with us.
Thank you for showing us all your family’s hardships. It helps reinforce that the ‘perfect family’ is a rare breed. May the Heavens look kindly on your mom, and you all.