Singapore Mental Health Film Festival 2019 | FILM: No Letting Go (Opening film)
No Letting Go
Jonathan D. Bucari / USA
2015 / 104 minutes / English / PG / Some Coarse Language
What would you do to save your child? A young teenager struggles with a debilitating mental illness as his mother risks everything to save him without losing the rest of her family.
No Letting Go is a dramatic, independent feature film adapted from the award-winning short film, ILLNESS, and based on the real-life story of producer and co-writer Randi Silverman and her family. The film is a heartfelt look at one family’s journey to understand and to cope with the erratic behavior and emotional instability of their middle son.
"Its message of not letting go, never giving up, is one we all need to hear and see." — Dr. Lloyd Sederer, Huffington Post
2015 Accolade Global Film Competition Winner for Disability Issues
2015 The IndieFest Film Awards Winner for Best Feature Film
2016 LA Indie Film Fest Winner for Best Screenplay
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But Honey, You Look Fine
Jennifer Leonforte / Australia
2017 / 10 minutes / English / PG
But Honey, You Look Fine follows the first steps to recovery the filmmaker’s best friend Gabby must take in her self-authored take on life with bulimia. The film follows their journey together into their childhood to look at the social conditioning that caused it to develop in the first place.
2018 Changing Minds Competition Winner for Best Film
2018 Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Youth Perspective Award
2017 A Shoe For A Change Film Festival Social Impact Award
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Living with Bipolar Disorder
“Do you think they are bipolar?”
It is not unusual for us to hear people making casual connections between having a mental illness, and ‘extreme mood swings’. However, is there more to this?
We will dialogue with mental health experts and a person-in-recovery to understand the subtleties of bipolar disorder – including the challenges faced by persons with bipolar disorder and their caregivers, and how they overcome them. We will also address the available resources in Singapore, and to look into ways in which we can openly talk about mental health illness without stigmatising it.
(L-R Anthea Ong, Nawira Baig, Dr Ken Ung, Dr Mok Yee Ming)
Anthea Ong was appointed by the President of Republic of Singapore as one of the nine Nominated Members of Parliament on 26 September 2018. A former banker, Anthea was most recently a regional Managing Director with a UK-listed company. In the last 9 years, Anthea founded several ground up initiatives/impact businesses– most notable is Hush TeaBar, Singapore’s 1st silent teabar (a social movement) that empowers and employs only the Deaf and persons-in-recovery from mental health conditions to bring self care and social inclusion to every workplace and community.
Nawira Baig is a freelance writer and mental health advocate who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She is currently working towards a career in journalism, and several projects driven by her passion in telling stories of voices unheard. Her purpose in life is to heal and help heal; to inspire and be inspired.
Dr Ken Ung practices as a Psychiatrist at Adam Road Medical Centre (formerly called Adam Road Hospital). He has been practicing psychiatry for about 30 years since 1988. He is also a prison psychiatrist with the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) since 2013.
Dr Mok Yee Ming is Chief of the department of Mood and Anxiety Disorders at the Institute of Mental Health. He has completed research projects, clinical pathway as well as authored book chapters on mood disorders.
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