Mental Health Awareness Film Festival

Release date: October 07, 2013

Mental Health Awareness Film Festival
October 7-11, 2013  

To raise awareness about mental illness, addictions, and the benefits of positive psychology, Goucher College's Student Health and Counseling Services is presenting the following films:

Flight (2012)
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
Monday, October 7
7 p.m., Heubeck Lounge   

Denzel Washington is Whip Whitaker, an experienced airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air disaster, saving nearly everyone on board. After the crash, Whip is widely celebrated as a hero because his incredible piloting skills clearly saved the day. However, as the accident investigation proceeds, questions arise as to what really happened on that plane.    


Iris (2001)
Dementia/Alzheimer's Disease
Wednesday, October 9
7 p.m., Heubeck Lounge  

Based on a true story, this film describes the life of famous British novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband, John. The story toggles between her early student days as an incredibly talented writer to her eventual decline due to the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. A devoted husband, John struggles with feelings of hopelessness and frustration as he witnesses his wife's deterioration.   


Happy (2011)
Happiness and Positive Psychology
Thursday, October 10
7 p.m., Heubeck Lounge  

Combining real-life stories of people across the globe and fascinating interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, Happy explores the secrets behind satisfaction in life. The film also explores what countries are the happiest and unhappiest, and it unravels the mysteries of why.     


Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Bipolar Disorder/Sex Addiction/Grief and Loss
Friday, October 11
7 p.m., Heubeck Lounge   

Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a former teacher with bipolar disorder, recently released from a mental institution. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a recently widowed neighbor with sex addiction issues who wants him to be her partner in a dance competition. Pat and Tiffany slowly learn the meaning of friendship as they cope with their disorders.