CRAZYWISE Screening and Fundraiser Success!

Western culture treats mental and emotional distress primarily through biomedical psychiatry, but CRAZYWISE filmmakers Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson reveal a growing movement of professionals and survivors who are forging alternative treatment options that focus on connection, community, meaning-making, and transformation.

CRAZYWISE follows two young Americans diagnosed with “mental illness.” Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation in hopes of recovery. Ekhaya, 32, survives childhood molestation and several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer gives her suffering meaning and brings a deeper purpose to her life.

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Portland is home to many agencies that offer mental health services, however, for those suffering from mental health issues, there are few states in the country that are worse than Oregon for finding help.    Post-film we had several community members offer thoughtful reflections and insights on the film. We have so much gratitude for the panelists who also boldly shared their personal journeys and traumas while navigating the local mental health system in search of healing.

We did not know what to expect in regards to turn out for this event, however, about 20 minutes after the doors of the Clinton Street theatre opened, it became clear that there was an interest in and a desire to support alternative treatment options for mental/emotional distress.  

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We were able to raise $1200 which was split equally between three Portland groups who are committed to cultivating community and healing through creative approaches that challenge the dominant paradigm of mental health treatment.  

Don’t Shoot PDX-  A local grassroots organization that supports communities and families that have been impacted by police brutality and state violence.

Brave Space-  A collective of providers committed to creating positive healing space for transgender, nonbinary people, and their families.

PDX Alliance of Self Care-  Connects vulnerable communities with self-care resources, practitioners, and events.

Thank you to all who came out to support this event. Thanks to Clinton Street Theater for making space available for community events. Thank you to MEAT; a pet food supply store,  for sponsoring our event with a generous donation that allowed all of the funds raised to go directly to the groups.

If you missed the film, don’t fret! You have another chance to catch it!

When: Wednesday, November 15thg, 2017,  7 – 9 PM
Where: UNITE Oregon on 700 N. Killingsworth Ave

In solidarity with Rethinking Psychiatry, the M.O.M.S Movement, and Portland Icarus Project, MHPU! is also happy to co-sponsor a special presentation with guest speaker, Gogo Ekhaya, who is one of the people featured in the film CRAZYWISE. Come experience her presentation “Sick & Gifted: Bridging the Connection to Mental Health Issues & Spiritual Gifts”

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017,  7 – 9 PM
Where: UNITE Oregon
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Kirk Shepard