Essay on The Stigm Video Reaction

884 Words Nov 13th, 2016 4 Pages
SLO The Stigma – Video Reaction
The video “SLO the Stigma” is a short documentary that shares the stories of four individuals from San Luis Obispo county who are suffering from depression, bi-polar disorder, or schizophrenia. All four individuals share their symptoms associated with the mental illness (e.g., feeling blue, feelings of complete despair, racing thoughts, not being able to get off the couch, not being able to leave the house, and hearing voices), along with each of their turning points that caused them to seek the help they needed, their treatment and how they are living life and how they are enjoying life post treatment. Some of the individuals also share some tips to help others who are dealing with mental illness (2020 Creative Group & Ramsey, 2010).
Watching this documentary was heartbreaking, enough so that I found my eyes welling with tears while listening to some of the stories that were shared by the individuals in the documentary. Listening to each one of them tell how alone they felt and how some of them thought there was no hope or that life just wasn’t worth living was very saddening. Shocked as well as heavyhearted is how I felt to learn that “over 50,000 San Luis Obispo county residents struggle with depression, bi-polar disorder, and schizophrenia” and that “many of them live in the dark, well leading seemingly normal lives, they are often alone and isolated, separated or feeling separated from family, from friends, from treatment, from hope”…

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