WHO WE ARE
   

"In Our Own Voice" is a 60-minute documentary that explores the lives of those with serious and persistent mental illness, as well as the effect those illnesses have on family members and service providers. Hear more from participants about what it is like to live with a mental illness:

OUR VOICES:

Richard
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Richard is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Homeless for several years, he finally went to the hospital and found a medication that quieted his voices. He now works on a mental health crisis team and is getting his masters degree in social work.

Janet
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Janet has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She is incarcerated at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center for a murder she committed when she was not taking her medication and became psychotic.

Diane
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Diane has a diagnosis of manic depression. During a manic episode, she left her children and hitchhiked around the country, becoming pregnant. She is now back at home and on medication.

Mary Ellen
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Mary Ellen is a professor of English at Idaho State University. She suffers from major depression and at one point tried to commit suicide. During her suicide attempt, she was shackled by police. She has found a medication that relieves her symptoms and continues to work.

Doug
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Doug has a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He has been in mental institutions at least a dozen times. Now, with psychosocial services in the community, he has been able to stay out of the hospital for several years.

Craig
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Craig has schizophrenia. He was living with his parents and being treated by the Assertive Community Treatment team, but ran away from home. He was treated in another state for a dual diagnosis---schizophrenia and alcoholism. He is now back in Idaho, living in a group home, and hopes to have his own apartment.

VOICES OF CARE:

Hear more from loved ones and caregivers of those with mental illness:

Shirley and Pete
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Shirley and Pete are the parents of Diane, who has been diagnosed with manic depression.

Ann and Harry
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Ann and Harry are the parents of Janet, who has a diagnosis of manic depression. She is serving an 11 year to life term for murdering a woman. The crime was committed while Janet says she was delusional.

Marilyn
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Marilyn is the parent of Kevin, who is diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, similar to schizophrenia.

John and Martha
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John and Martha are the parents of Craig, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Ellen Tam
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Ella Tam is a nurse who has worked with psychiatric patients since the 1940s. She worked as director of nursing services for State Hospital South in Blackfoot in the 1950s and still services patients with the ACT Team in Idaho Falls, ID.

Eric
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Eric Olson is a member of the ACT Team for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Region 7 unit in Idaho Falls, ID.

Dr. Hatzenbuehler
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Dr. Linda Hatzenbuehler is the dean of nursing at Idaho State University and a designated examiner for the State of Idaho. Two designated examiners must certify that a person is a danger to themselves or others or "gravely disabled," in order for the person to be committed against their will to a state hospital.

Mary
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Mary Moller is a psychiatric nurse practitioner with her own private practice in Spokane, WA.