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UNLISTED: A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA

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Physician/Filmmaker Delaney Ruston Opens a Window to her Father’s Mind and Explores their Troubled Relationship in a Moving Television Debut | Screening at OHSU Old Library Auditorium on March 15th, 2011 at 6pm

What
  • film screening
When Mar 15, 2011
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where OHSU Old Library Auditorium
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CONTACT: 
Anders Goranson
503.220.8262 x58272

UNLISTED:  A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA will be shown at OHSU Old Library on March 15th, 2011 at 6pm. This event is cosponsored by Portland VA Medical Center’s Rural Mental Health Program, NAMI Multnomah County and Oregon Public Broadcasting. The one-hour documentary gives a moving first person account of producer/director Delaney Ruston’s relationship with her father as she faces the emotionally wrenching effects of his illness in her past and in the present.  The filmmaker will be present at the screening and, following the film, will participate in a discussion panel of psychiatric advanced directives joined by bioethicist Patricia Backlar, rural psychiatrist and consumer Rick Staggenborg, MD, and Will Hall, therapist and mental health activist.

The film and subsequent discussion panel hopes to stimulate a community discourse about the use of advanced directives for mental health in the treatment of individuals with severe mental illness. Additional issues for discussion include the congruence of PADs and patient-centered care as well as application in resource-strapped rural areas.

ABOUT THE FILM: Richard Ruston was afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia before his daughter Delaney’s birth.  Early in her childhood, Delaney’s mother separated from Richard because of his erratic and often frightening behaviors, but still he tried to be a model dad and stay close to his daughter.  On good days, they would play chess and ride his scooter around her Berkeley neighborhood.  On bad days, however, paranoia would consume him, and Richard would show up at Delaney’s elementary school, crying and yelling for her in front of her classmates.

After a lifetime of shame, frustration and fear, Delaney made the painful decision to go into hiding from her dad.  To keep him away, she unlisted her phone number and address and severely limited contact with him.  As Delaney pursued a medical career and started a family, her father was not invited to her college graduation, her medical school graduation, her wedding, or into any other part of her life.

Years later, with Richard stabilized and living in an apartment with on-site mental health services, Delaney feels it’s time to reach out and reconcile with her father and her past.  Their reconnection is not without strain.  In renewing her relationship with her father, Delaney must face trauma and conflicts that have plagued her since childhood. Richard constantly wants to go off treatment, and other family members hold their own strong opinions about how Delaney should treat her dad.  In the end, Delaney finds herself on a race against time that is a matter of life and death.

UNLISTED: A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA is a soul-searching examination into the nature of responsibility—of parents and children, of physicians and patients, of society and citizens towards those afflicted with severe mental illness.  As Delaney tries to rebuild her relationship with her father, UNLISTED examines the challenging family dynamics that mental illness dictates.  As she works to overcome the obstacles to getting her dad appropriate treatment, the film exposes the failings of the American mental health system as experienced by the families trying to navigate it.  And as Delaney traces the progression of Richard’s illness she studies his medical files and reads beautifully animated scenes from his autobiographical surrealist novel. Here UNLISTED enters the inner life of Richard Ruston with a clarity and affection missing from many films about people with mental illness.

UNLISTED:  A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA has been heralded by critics and mental health advocates alike.  Steve Lopez, the LA Times journalist and author who befriended a homeless musician with schizophrenia and whose story became the basis for the film The Soloist, calls UNLISTED “beautiful and powerful, a love poem.” 

“With UNLISTED, not only was I propelled to give a new voice to family, but also to help viewers understand why getting mental health treatment is so difficult,” said Delaney Ruston.  She adds that many people sit untreated on American streets because of misperceptions about schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.  “My dad represents a very common but hidden face of mental illness:  a regular guy who wanted a career and a family, but was constantly stymied by his disordered thought process.”

About UNLISTED:  A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA
UNLISTED:  A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA is a moving first person story of a woman’s troubled relationship with her father and his mental illness.  Delaney Ruston, a Seattle physician, went into hiding to protect herself from her dad’s erratic behavior and episodes of paranoia.  After more than a decade of separation she decides to reconnect.  Ruston documents her reconciliation with her father in a film that exposes the pain that mental illness inflicts on families and the urgent need to repair the American mental health system.  For more information visit www.unlistedfilm.com

Panel Discussants:

About Delaney Ruston, MD
Dr. Delaney Ruston divides her time between making documentary films and providing primary care in Seattle, Washington. UNLISTED:  A STORY OF SCHIZOPHRENIA is her first feature-length film. Ruston’s production company, MyDoc Productions, also produces films for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Duke University, The Recovery Café, and other clients. Other films by Ruston include Crisis in Control, a multi-faceted short film about psychiatric advance directives, and Where in the World is Mental Health? a feature documentary currently in production about people living with severe mental illness in France, China, India, and the U.S.

About Patricia Backlar
Professor Backlar is Research Associate Professor of Bioethics & Director of the Biomedical Ethics Certificate program at Portland State University. She has an appointment as Affiliate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine & Senior Scholar, Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon & Health Science University; and, since 1995, Editor, Ethics Section, Community Mental Health Journal. She serves on the Oregon State Hospital Ethics Committee & the Oregon State Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB), she is a past chair of the Multnomah County Behavioral Health Advisory Council (Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse), and she serves as a consultant to the National Veterans Health Administration on the implementation of the Mental Health Advance Directive. Professor Backlar has authored and co-authored over 70 journal articles, book chapters, books, and government reports on bioethical and policy issues relevant to biomedical research, clinical practice, and community psychiatric practice. In 1996, Professor Backlar was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a commissioner on the presidentially chartered National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC).

About Rick Staggenborg, MD
Dr. Rick Staggenborg is a native of Portland now living in Coos Bay, Oregon. A graduate of Portland State University and Oregon Health Sciences University, he is working as a psychiatrist and primary care provider at a clinic for the uninsured and under-insured in Roseburg. Dr. Staggenborg worked as a public psychiatrist at the Coos County Mental Health Center in North Bend, Oregon for 8 years before accepting the opportunity to serve Veterans by becoming a psychiatrist at the Veteran Center Community Based Clinic in Bandon, Oregon. Dr. Staggenborg is politically active in advocating for the rights of Veterans and the mentally ill as well as maintaining a practice that serves rural individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness. He was most recently the Oregon Green Party candidate for the US Senate. 

About Will Hall
Will Hall has a Master’s degree in Process Work. Will has consulted and presented for more than 50 organizations in over 8 countries, including the Federal Office on Violence Against Women, the Alaska Peer Mental Health Consortium, Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities, International Network Towards Alternatives for Recovery, New York University Gallatin School, Hearing Voices Congress, University of Massachusetts Nursing School, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Mental Disability Rights International, Recovery Learning Community, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, and Empowerment Initiatives. His work has been featured in the media, including New York Times, Radio New Zealand, National Public Radio, Newsweek magazine, and Forbes magazine online. He has written extensively on mental health and social justice, including The Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Medications, Turning Wheel: Journal of Engaged Buddhism, Adbusters, the Sierra Club anthology Call To Action:Peace, Justice, and Ecology, Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness, and a chapter in Way Out Of Madness: Dealing with Your Family After You’ve Been Diagnosed with a Psychiatric Disorder. My radio show Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health is heard on the Pacifica Network and was profiled in the UK Guardian newspaper.

Directions To OHSU Old Library Auditorium:

From Lake Oswego/Sellwood Bridge area
•    Travel north on S.W. Macadam Avenue.
•    Turn left onto S.W. Boundary Street.
•    Proceed one block and turn right onto S.W. Corbett Avenue
•    Turn left onto S.W. Hamilton Street.
•    Turn right onto S.W. Barbur Boulevard and continue for approximately 2.5 miles.
•    At the second light past the Allstar Fitness gym (on the left), make a sharp left turn onto S.W. Caruthers Street.
•    Turn left at the second light onto S.W. 6th Avenue

From Hwy 26/Sunset Hwy East
•    Travel east on Hwy. 26/Sunset Hwy.
•    Stay in the right lane and follow the signs to I-405 (Salem/The Dalles).
•    After passing through the Vista Ridge tunnel, stay to the right as the freeway branches.
•    Take the S.W. 6th Avenue exit.
•    Turn right onto S.W. 6th Avenue

From I-84 West
•    Travel west on I-84 to the juncture with I-5.
•    Follow I-5 south toward Salem.
•    As you cross the Marquam Bridge, merge into one of the two left lanes, following the signs to City Center/Beaverton.
•    Take the S.W. 6th Avenue exit.
•    Immediately move to the left lane and turn onto S.W. College Street (or the next possible street that allows a left turn.)
•    Turn left onto S.W. Broadway Avenue and move to the right lane.
•    Bear right onto S.W. 6th Avenue, following signs to OHSU

From I-5 North
•    Travel north on I-5.
•    Take exit 297 (Terwilliger Boulevard).
•    Turn left at stop light onto S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard.
•    Turn right onto S.W. Barbur Boulevard and continue for approximately 2.5 miles.
•    At the second light past the YMCA, make a sharp left turn onto S.W. Caruthers Street.
•    Turn left onto S.W. 6th Avenue.

From I-5 South
•    Travel south on I-5 toward Salem.
•    As you cross the Marquam Bridge, merge into one of the two left lanes, following signs to City Center/Beaverton.
•    Take the S.W. 6th Avenue exit
•    Immediately move to the left lane and turn onto S.W. College Street (or the next possible street that allows a left turn.)
•    Turn left onto S.W. Broadway and move to the right lane.
•    Bear right onto S.W. 6th Avenue, following the signs to OHSU

From Ross Island Bridge
•    Travel north on S.E. McLoughlin Boulevard or west on S.E. Powell Boulevard.
•    After crossing the Ross Island Bridge, take the City Center exit.
•    Follow S.W. Corbett Avenue, staying in the left lane.
•    S.W. Corbett will turn into S.W. Kelly, then into S.W. Arthur, and finally into S.W. Caruthers before ending at S.W. 6th Avenue.
•    Turn left onto S.W. 6th Avenue.

From I-405 South
•    Take I-405 south.
•    Take the S.W. 6th Avenue exit.
•    Turn right on S.W. 6th Avenue, following the signs to OHSU

Parking:
•    Continue uphill on SW Sam Jackson Park Road (do NOT turn left onto S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.) You will pass under 2 skybridges and come to a fork in the road.  Stay to the right of the fork, and look for the entrance to Auditorium Lot on your right, just past the parking structure.  You can park in any free space in this lot which is located behind the Auditorium, or take a right and find parking adjacent to the front of the Auditorium (you will be on the top level of Sam Jackson Parking Garage).  Please be mindful of any reserved parking spaces and loading zones.  These are restricted 24/7. 

Overflow parking is located in the Canyon Garage.  To get to Canyon Garage, take a left at the fork – you will be on SW US Veterans Hospital Road.  The entrance to Canyon Garage is the 2nd driveway on your left.

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