“Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia”

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A compelling documentary about schizophrenia which is coming to public television stations across the country beginning October 1, in conjunction with Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3-9, 2010).

“Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia”is a look at one woman’s personal journey to reconnect with her father, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, after more than a decade of hiding from him and being unlisted in the phonebook. Delaney Ruston, a physician and documentarian, offers a rare real-world look into the myriad ways schizophrenia impacts individuals and families.

Schizophrenia is a heavily stigmatized disease – often fueled by misinformed characterizations seen in the movies or in sensational news stories – but we feel strongly that Delaney’s film can help to dispel myths and spark conversations that empower those touched by schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses, to be their own best advocates.

In recognition of airing of “Unlisted,” and Mental Illness Awareness Week, we would like to offer an interview with Delaney Ruston to discuss her film and the importance of bringing greater awareness and understanding surrounding schizophrenia. In addition, Dr. Marvin Swartz, Division Head, Social and Community Psychiatry, Duke University, is also available to discuss schizophrenia from a medical standpoint. We feel that this topic will be interesting, timely and relevant to your readers.

The film’s trailer is available for download at (ftp.opb.org / User: unlisted / Password: trailer). To learn more about Unlisted and for information on local airings, visit www.unlistedfilm.com.

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