Film: Living With Bipolar Disorder

Stories of Struggle and Hope for
Mental Health Week
May 5th – 11th

Not Just a Bad Day:
Living with Bipolar Disorder
Director: Gillian Hrankowski Canada 2007 Running Time: 50 minutes
On the surface, Mike, Erin, and Martha appear to have little in common, but all live under the shadow of
bipolar disorder. Mike is a charismatic young man whose partying lifestyle and abuse of recreational drugs
foreshadow a severe manic episode that has him committed to a psychiatric ward. Erin is a young mom
whose ability to cope with her new baby deteriorates as she swings between manic episodes and soul-
crushing depressions. Martha is a divorced single mom who lost her career and marriage to a manic episode;
with group therapy and medication, she is finally lifting herself out of a crippling two-year depression. Treating
them all is Dr. Paul Termansen, a psychiatrist at Community Psychiatric Services on Metro Vancouver’s
North Shore, where the three attend his mood disorders program. With intimate access and great sensitivity,
the film details their personal struggles with the emotional highs and lows of a disorder they must learn to
manage in order to lead productive, balanced lives.
Rated: PG: Coarse Language Pacific Cinémathèque

A FREE Mental Health Public Film Screening
This FREE event features information tables and a post screening discussion with
Dr. Paul Termansen, Director, Gillian Hrankowski and people living with Bipolar Disorder

Presented in partnership by:
Richmond Mental Health Services, Richmond Mental Health Consumer & Friends Society and
Canadian Mental Health Association Richmond Branch
For more information call Barbara Fee at 604.276.8834 or bf**@cm******.com
or Barb Bawlf at 604.214.9709 or Ba***********@vc*.ca
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
7:00 p.m. Doors Open / Light Refreshments
7:30 p.m. Film Screening- No Late Seating
Ralph Fisher Auditorium, Richmond Hospital
7000 Westminster Hwy., Richmond, B.C.
Free Parking available in the gravel lot accessed from Westminster Hwy.

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