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Mental Illness given voice through film in Wilmington


May is Mental Health Month, and to increase awareness and celebrate resiliency CoastalCare, the public manager of services for mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance use disorders, has partnered with Cucalorus Film Festival to host screenings of films focused on and made by persons with mental health conditions Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9.

May has been observed as Mental Health Month for more than 60 years, bringing awareness and advocacy to the forefront.

Approximately 1 in 4 people will experience symptoms of mental illness this year, though most don't seek treatment due to fear of ridicule and the stigma associated with mental illness.

The film In So Many Words will be shown at CoastalCare at 3809 Shipyard Boulevard on Thursday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. This documentary explores the life of Lucy Daniels, whose Southern Gothic childhood both tormented and motivated her at each phase of her life.

The screening of In So Many Words is open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. Please RSVP with Kate Murphy at or 910-550-2600910-550-2600.

On Friday, May 9 Cucalorus and CoastalCare welcome Dawn Dryer, and her work-in-progress, Bipolar Girl Rules the World and Other Stories, to Jengo's Playhouse located at 815 Princess St. at 7:30 p.m.

The documentary includes five vignettes of people voicing their individual stories, brought together by interludes written and voiced by Dreyer, expanding on her own struggles with mood disorders through her adventures with her alter-ego, the super-heroine Bipolar Girl.

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