TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) will
host the premiere screening of a new innovative documentary, "Fear/Less:
Opening Minds about Schizophrenia" at U of T's Hart House on October 3rd. This
marks the kick-off to the Society's October Awareness Month activities.
The documentary is a half hour long film aimed at youth and their
families. It focuses on Jesse Bigelow, a young man who experienced his first
psychotic break in his late teens. Jesse shares his life - from his darkest
moments, to the present day and the hope he can now give to others.
SSO chose to work with a talented young director, Dagny Thompson. Born in
Ottawa, but living in Toronto since 1996, Thompson has worked in the
independent and mainstream film and television industry for several years.
Fear/Less is her second short documentary and third short film. Her aim is to
couple engaging story telling with positive social change.
"Fear/Less aims to challenge and change misconceptions and prejudices
people might have about schizophrenia and about those who have the illness. By
providing knowledge, both from science and from personal experience, the
strongest path to reducing discrimination and strengthening quality of life
for people with schizophrenia is by bringing the illness out of the shadow of
stigma and into the public light, where it can be talked about without shame."
Founded in 1979, the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario is a non-profit
organization offering a reason to hope and the means to cope for families and
individuals affected by schizophrenia. Schizophrenia affects one in every
100 Canadians and has a profound impact on their lives and the lives of all
those who care for them - family, friends, relatives and others. There are
approximately 300,000 people who suffer from schizophrenia in Canada, of which
120,000 live in Ontario. SSO provides support, education, and advocacy on
behalf of people and families affected by schizophrenia through its network of
Chapters in communities across Ontario. SSO is the largest organization
representing people affected by schizophrenia in Ontario.
If you would like to attend the screening on October 3rd please contact
Zoe at: 416.449.6830 ext.229
For further information:
For further information: Steven Hobé, Director of Marketing, (416)
449-6830 ext. 254, 130 Spadina Ave., Suite No. 302, Toronto, ON, M5V 2L4