News | Published September 15, 2014

Free community film screening seeks to remove stigma of mental illness

According to a community health needs survey conducted by Mount Nittany Health in 2013, Centre County residents reported an average of 3.3 days per year of “poor mental health,” which exceeds the national average of 2.2 days per year.

As part of a larger initiative to address mental health resources and education as a major community health priority, Mount Nittany Health is partnering with The State Theatre for a free community film screening.

The screening will be held Friday, October 3, at 7:00 pm as a kick-off to Mental Illness Awareness week, which begins October 5.

Attendees will see a free screening of “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film.” Through five short films, each focusing on a different character dealing with mental illness, the film seeks to raise awareness about the reality of living with mental illness, either as a patient or a patient’s loved one.

The film stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winners Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo and Octavia Spencer, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vassilieva, Brittany Snow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, three-time Emmy Award®-winner Jean Smart, Lea Thompson, Oscar®-nominee Melanie Griffith and Chelsea Handler. Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd, and Sharon Maguire direct the anthology.

A panel discussion featuring mental health experts from our community will occur after the film. To reserve free tickets, stop by the box office of The State Theatre on 130 W. College Avenue, State College, or call 814.272.0606.