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Going Sane - A Documentary on Mental Health Care

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Five Points Center for Active Adults

2000 Noble Road

Raleigh, NC 27608

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A new documentary created by local NC filmmakers suggests that mental health patients may be receiving outdated or disproven treatments. Witness the state of mental health care in America through the documentary Going Sane. After the documentary there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and a discussion on what you can do to get better mental health care for yourself or loved ones. The panel will also discuss ways to improve the American mental health system. If you are worried that you are not receiving adequate mental health care, this is something you should not miss. Please be a part of the conversation. For more information on the filmmakers, visit: http://goingsane.org/

This event is part of an ongoing series to explore issues and themes surrounding the evolution of Dix Park.

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Over the last thirty years, America has more than quadrupled its mental health spending and significantly increased the number of mental health professionals, yet many of the most common mental illnesses are on the rise. It seems strange that increased spending on mental health treatment is correlated with the growth of mental illness. But what if it’s not just a surprising correlation? What if the mental health industry is part of the problem?

To answer that question we interviewed the nation's’ leading experts and many families dealing with mental illness. We discovered that many mental health patients are receiving outdated and disproven treatments. The problem is caused by a fracture between mental health researchers and practitioners: what researchers discover to be the most effective treatments seldom influence what treatments practitioners actually provide. Instead, practitioners choose treatments based on clinical intuition rather than scientific research.

The medical field used to be just like the mental health field: doctors choose treatments based on personal preferences rather than proven effectiveness, which led to a lot of poor outcomes. But that all changed in the 1960s when medical professionals established a method for evaluating research and selecting proper treatments. The revolution was known as evidence-based practice or EBP. The success has been well documented, saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Even though EBP has dramatically improved patient outcomes in the medical field, the mental health field continues to resist instituting similar protocols. It is perhaps shocking that any scientific field would resists an honest evaluation of evidence but what is even more shocking is understanding the reason why.

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