The Department of Psychiatry and UF Health held it’s second annual movie night during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) at the Hippodrome in downtown Gainesville on October 5th. As part of activities scheduled for MIAW the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida screens a movie which focuses on mental illness followed by a discussion moderated by a faculty member from the department.
This year the move was Home a 2013 drama about a man suffering from mental illness who attempts to rebuild his life. The event was moderated by NAMI Florida President and UF Psychiatry Professor, Rajiv Tandon, MD. An art exhibit was held as part of the evening with works of art created by members of the community with mental illness as a part of their recovery. Several artists were in attendance to speak about their art work and how it has helped them on their journey of recovery. The art was provided by members of AnARTists and Gainesville Opportunity Center (GOC).
This year the Mental Health Coalition of North Central Florida held an essay contest for local high school seniors and presented winner, Molly Matilsky of Buchholz High School with her award.