World Mental Health October 2024

Join the Reel Change: End the Stigma of Mental Health Through Film with the Clubhouse Canada Coalition Cinema

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We extend a heartfelt invitation to you and your circle—friends, families, networks, and fellow Clubhouse members—to come together and experience the power of these mental health films. In a world where conversations about mental health are more vital than ever, let’s be the catalysts for change. Share these thought-provoking films and inspire dialogue within your community. Let’s create a safe space where every voice is heard, every story is valued, and every heart is understood.

Before You Watch the Films

By considering these points before watching the films, viewers can better navigate the potentially sensitive and challenging subject matter while also fostering a supportive and empathetic environment for discussion.
Prepare Mentally
  • Acknowledge that watching these films may evoke various emotions and thoughts related to mental health.
  • Recognize that it’s okay to feel triggered or upset by certain scenes or themes.
  • Identify supportive resources such as friends, family members, or mental health professionals whom you can reach out to if needed.
  • Don’t hesitate to talk about your feelings and reactions with someone you trust.
  • Understand that it’s perfectly acceptable to step away from the screening if you find it overwhelming.
  • Prioritize your mental well-being and take breaks as necessary.
  • Familiarize yourself with online resources related to mental health support and information.
  • Consider researching local resources and support groups that you can access if needed.
  •  If watching the films in a group setting, be attentive and supportive of others who may be openly sharing their experiences.
  • Respect each individual’s boundaries and responses to the content.
  •  Approach the viewing experience with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
  • Reflect on how the films’ themes and narratives may resonate with your own experiences or those of your loved ones.

After You Watch the Films

Starting a conversation on mental health after watching films can be a great way to explore various themes and experiences. Here are some questions you can consider:
Impact and Representation
  • How did the film portray mental health issues, and do you think it was an accurate representation?
  • Were there any stereotypes or stigmas about mental health that the film reinforced or challenged?
  • How did the characters in the film experience and cope with mental health challenges?
  • Were there any characters whose journey with mental health resonated with you personally? Why?
  • How did societal attitudes and cultural norms influence the characters’ experiences with mental health?
  • Did the film shed light on any specific cultural or social factors that impact mental health?
  • What forms of support or treatment did the characters seek, and how effective were they portrayed?
  • Did the film highlight any barriers to accessing mental health services or resources?
  • How did the characters’ mental health struggles affect their relationships with family, friends, or romantic partners?
  • Were there any examples of healthy or unhealthy dynamics in these relationships related to mental health?
  •  Approach the viewing experience with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
  • Reflect on how the films’ themes and narratives may resonate with your own experiences or those of your loved ones.
  • Did the film portray any messages of hope, resilience, or recovery in the face of mental health challenges?
  • What strategies or coping mechanisms did the characters use to navigate their mental health issues?
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    <li>How did watching the film make you feel about mental health?</li>
    <li>Did the film challenge any preconceived notions or misconceptions you had about mental health?</li>
    </ul>
  • Do you think the film has the potential to raise awareness or start conversations about mental health?
  • How can we use the themes or messages from the film to advocate for better mental health support in our communities?
  • Are there any aspects of mental health that the film didn’t address but you would like to discuss further?
  • What other films, books, or resources would you recommend for exploring mental health themes?

These questions can help facilitate meaningful discussions and encourage reflection on the complex and multifaceted nature of mental health.

3 Films

COEXISTENCE

Director: Youri Létournneau-Langlois

14 minutes | Canada-Quebec | French with English subtitles
Synopsis: Sophie’s inner dialogue is in constant conflict with the different voices of her reasoning. These voices vie for control of her better judgment.

SEEKING THOMAS

Director: Julia Lisa Zlotnick

4 minutes | Canada | English with French subtitles
Synopsis: A visceral film about a young man who is struggling with his mental health.

THE CHOICE

Director: Allee Chance

14 minutes | USA | English with French subtitles
Synopsis: We all face situations that are uncomfortable in our lives. It is easier to avoid them at first, but that only leads to problems later on. For Eric, video games was addictive.

Changing Lives

Changing Mental Health

Clubhouse Canada Coalition partners with The Au Contraire Film Festival

Canada Clubhouse Cinema in partnership with Au Contraire Film Festival strives to achieve awareness of and advocacy for mental health issues and the promotion of the Clubhouse Model. We inspire and empower people to tell their own stories and access resources. The Clubhouse Canada Coalition focuses on collaboration, public awareness, promotion, reducing stigma, of mental health and supporting the Clubhouse Model throughout Canada.

Clubhouse Model

Clubhouses provide opportunities for work, wellness and socialization — in an evidence-based approach that has been proven to help people with mental illness recover their lives. A Clubhouse focuses on strengths and abilities of each person. Through friendship, shared work, education and employment, Clubhouses help people regain hopeful and fulfilling lives. In physical as well as virtual connections, Clubhouses make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives by helping them achieve their social, educational and employment goals. Clubhouses across Canada work with adults living with long term mental health conditions and offer hope and opportunity for people to achieve their full potential.

Partners

Participating Canadian Clubhouses

Disclaimer

Please read the following guidelines to comply with the film’s copyright licensing:

This webpage and the films shown are distributed for the purposes of the Clubhouse Canada Coalition campaign.Download and/or distribution of the films is not allowed without permission. If you have any technical problems, please contact: tech.aucontraireacff.ca