Iowa PBS hosts Pop-Up Film Series featuring Bedlam

Join Iowa PBS and UnityPoint Health – Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services virtually on Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. for a Pop-Up Film Series event featuring the documentary Bedlam. This film includes interviews with experts, activists and individuals living with a mental illness and their families, and explores the rise of mental health issues on a national scale in the mid to late 20th century. Following the film, a panel of local experts will continue the conversation and discuss mental health in Iowa. 

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About the film:  Psychiatrist and documentarian Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D. follows the lives of three patients who find themselves with a chronic lack of institutional support while weaving in his own story of how the system failed his late sister, Merle, and her battle with schizophrenia. Bedlam takes viewers inside Los Angeles County’s overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psych ER, a nearby jail warehousing thousands of psychiatric patients and the homes — and homeless encampments — of people affected by severe mental illness, where silence and shame often worsen the suffering. 

About UnityPoint Health – Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services: Eyerly Ball believes true wellness is much more than physical well-being, it includes mental health. In the 1960s, two Des Moines area women, Jeannette Eyerly and Elizabeth Ball, were pioneers in advocating for the mentally ill. They saw the need for a new way to provide mental health services and were committed to helping those with mental illness lead productive lives within the community. Today that innovative solution, to what was once a neglected problem, has grown to become UnityPoint Health – Eyerly Ball, a pioneering source for outpatient, residential and community mental health services. All of the services provided by Eyerly Ball aim to help clients maintain all aspects of their well-being so that they can lead healthy, productive lives as active members of the community.