When the Mask Comes Off, produced by the youth media organization Generation Justice, is a video documentary featuring young people from New Mexico discussing their experiences of living with mental illness. We hear stories of struggle on their journey from misperception and alienation toward self-acceptance and healing. The documentary comes with adaptable discussion guides for use in communities and schools.
Generation Justice Executive Director Roberta Rael said, "We want to make sure that young people have a voice in the discussions about mental health and that young people contribute to the change that is needed."
Before promoting this video the Children's Mental Health Network asked Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon to review the film and provide commentary. Thanks Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon! Here is a sampling of responses:
- A professional perspective - I think it is a very helpful video. I like how it had several different voices and their stories so it really gave a broad view of how many people are affected by mental health challenges. I think it will help professionals to better understand the reality of what people face on a daily basis. It would be a great video for the education system to watch and hopefully learn from.
- Youth workers - I like how the video shows the definitions of several diagnosis. I thought it was helpful to hear the youth share about the symptoms they experience. I think hearing their stories and when they go into detail helps to have a closer connection or at least a stronger understanding of how one might feel.
- Youth - It was awesome. I think it will help youth to realize they are not alone when it comes to suffering and facing mental health challenges. I think that it will help youth to feel like it's okay to talk to others and that talking about it is helpful. I like the quotes they showed written on the white board and paper. The music was cool too.