Mental Patients'Association

This short documentary is a fascinating portrait of the Vancouver Mental Patients' Association (MPA), a unique, democratically-organized advocacy and support group for people who have sought care in the mental health system. While client-centred care and advocacy in mental health are relatively more common now, they were unfamiliar concepts in the 1970s, and this film sheds light on the birth of this nascent movement. The MPA provides support and a space for discussion, which helps those dealing with mental health problems to re-integrate into their communities after sojourns in hospitals or other institutions. Members' comments afford some insight into what has been called the "mental health industry."

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Film Credits

director
Richard Patton
producer
Shelah Reljic
Peter Jones
photography
Tony Westman
sound
Ralph Parker
Richard Patton
editing
Shelah Reljic
re-recording
Barry P. Jones
music
Martin Fossum

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