Psychotic mental illness affects millions of Americans, many of whom live in the shadows of society. “Voices” is an award-winning documentary that features the perspective of three very different individuals struggling with severe mental illness in the United States. The stories of Sharon, Thomas and Aaron shed light on the complex emotions and challenges that surround people living with mental illness and their loved ones.
Click here to view the trailer and read more about the people profiled below:
After immigrating to California to be with her husband, Sharon was diagnosed with schizophrenia after she began hearing derogatory voices and showing signs of paranoia and depression. Her family’s strength and perseverance were tested in their struggle to support her in any way they could.
Thomas has been living on the streets of San Francisco for the past 15 years. Although he is homeless, and no longer in contact with any of his family from Ohio, Thomas is a well-liked, active member of his community. He appears happy in many respects, but he is alone and distressed in other ways.
Growing up, Aaron was a very active kid who enjoyed playing baseball. After being arrested in his late teens, Aaron became isolated and consumed himself with the notion of an impending alien invasion. His thoughts became increasingly disturbing as Aaron’s father tried unsuccessfully to get his son help.
“Voices” will debut on public television beginning May 3, 2015 and will be available for purchase. Click here to view upcoming broadcast dates and times.