“You never hear stories about people recovering from schizophrenia, so I was just really scared to talk about it,” says Jonny Benjamin in an excellent self-made documentary on schizoaffective disorder.

Benjamin details the emergence and course of his illness, suicidal episodes, and why he was afraid to disclose all his symptoms to doctors even as he did seek help for depression. Stigma from the media and movies led him to believe he’d be hospitalized for life and never recover from schizophrenia.

Fortunately, he found that this is not true. Many people do successfully recover and learn to manage symptoms with treatment including medication, but not limited to pills.

“A lot of recovery from mental illness is about medication and therapy, but a lot of it is about hope and positivity, I think,” says Jonny. Now a prominent mental health advocate, he not only shares this hope in the mass media, he’s made a fantastic series of YouTube videos on mental health topics.

On World Mental Health Day 2013, this important British documentary made by a person with lived experience is great to share in order to dispel some of the stigma and myths that prevent people from seeking help. Spread the word that there is hope for recovery.

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