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Philadelphia, March 28, 2012 – Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment is hosting a free screening of the documentary Kings Park, Stories From an American Mental Institution, followed by a panel discussion on Monday, April 9 at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Kings Park, by filmmaker Lucy Winer, tells the story of her return to the abandoned institution where she was committed as a suicidal teenager in the late 1960’s. Encounters with other patients, former staff and family members reveal the painful legacy of the state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.
The film will be followed by an audience discussion with Lucy Winer and a panel of mental health professionals including David Greenspan, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment and Einstein Medical Center, and Joanne Cipriano, Program Director, Belmont Long Term Structured Residence, as well as representatives from the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA and the Family Resource Network. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the film begins at 7 p.m. and panel discussion begins at 8:45 p.m.
The event is offered free of charge to the public and is funded by the Freda Kraftsow Sacks Family Resource Center at Belmont, dedicated to educating the community about living with and recovering from mental illness. Free admission, free popcorn and beverages. Discount parking is available at the Science Center lot at 3665 Market Street Validation required.
RSVP is not required. Contact Denise at ashtonD@einstein.edu or 215-581-3721 for more information.