According to the World Health Organization, 1 in every 4 of us develops one or more mental disorders at some stage in life. Yet, as many as two-thirds of us with a diagnosable mental disorder do not seek treatment for fear of being stigmatized or lack of awareness. In 90% of suicides, mental illness is the attributing cause. If you are committed to ending the silence and stigma surrounding suicide, increasing understanding about mental illness, and helping to create an international community of support, you may want to consider helping to support filmmaker Kathy Leichter to complete her film “Here One Day”. You can view scenes from “Here One Day” here.
Leichter is an award-winning documentary film producer and director, media activist, and the founder of Two Suns Media, a New York City based media production company. Kathy recently produced “Hidden Battles”, a film about the psychological impact of killing on soldiers. Past films include “Passing On”, about Leichter’s tell-it-like-it-is grandmother, Elsa, an Austrian Jewish immigrant who lived to be ninety-one and the PBS documentary, “A Day’s Work, A Day’s Pay”, about three welfare recipients who become leaders in the fight against workfare in New York City. Leichter has received support from many prestigious entities such as The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Independent Television Service, The Public Welfare Foundation, The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, and The North Star Fund.
You can also read an interview with Leichter here.