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Resource: DVD (DV1601) Pack Up Your Sorrows: A Story of Illness, Hope & Transformation     
Publisher: BlueStar Media, 2015
Vendor: Ezzie Films
Length: 95 mins
Subjects: Depression; Documentary; Fear; Healing ; Hope; Mental Health; Suicide
# Copies: 1
 Description: Using a combination of a personal story and interviews with experts, this film documents the journey of Boston-based singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson, following her as she learns to live a healthy life with Bipolar Disorder. Through her eyes, viewers will explore different aspects of mood disorders – how families try to deal with the illness in their midst, the biology of these dis-eases of the brain, and the effects of traditional and alternative therapies like medication and meditation.

Along the way, Meg seeks to understand the role mental illness has played in the lives of authors and historical figures. She also asks some of her heroes what steps we can take as a society to reduce the epidemic of suicide, especially among young people.

Viewers will learn, as Meg has, that these illnesses of the brain are not a moral failing or a character weakness, and that treatment options are improving. The lesson here is: Do not be hopeless! Get help!
Age Groups: Senior High; Young Adult; Adult


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