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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - To recognize Mental Health Awareness Week, Lycoming College’s Counseling Services will present a screening of "Call Me Crazy" on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Heim Building G-11. The film, which lasts about 90 minutes, originally aired on Lifetime Television in April and consists of five stories that deal with depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
In early September, the Jed Foundation, which seeks to help college students improve their emotional well-being, reached out to Stephanie Fortin, assistant director of counseling services at Lycoming, about the opportunity to screen the movie as part of its “Love is Louder” project. She thought that showing the film on campus would be a good way to educate students.
“Ideally, this film will raise awareness to mental health issues, attempt to lessen stigma and prejudice associated with mental health disorders, inform students how and where they can go for help, and to inspire students to help themselves and one another,” Fortin said.
The “Love is Louder” movement began as a collaboration between the Jed Foundation, MTV and actress and singer Brittany Snow, in order to help people who struggle with “bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression,” according to loveislouder.com.
“Call Me Crazy” is broken into five parts, “Lucy,” “Grace,” “Allison,” “Eddie,” and “Maggie,” each short being named after its central character, who either suffers from a mental health issue or struggles with a loved one who does. The film stars Melanie Griffith, Octavia Spencer, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Hudson and Melissa Leo, among others, and one of its chapters is directed by Ashley Judd. More information about the film may be found at mylifetime.com/movies.
At the screening, students will have the chance to make signs and posters about mental health issues and to write journal entries about the film or a personal experience. Photographs will be taken of students with their posters and will be assembled for a mural that will then be placed on campus in the near future. After the film is shown, a small panel discussion will be held that will include information about campus mental health resources.
Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit www.lycoming.edu.