October 16, 2020

Documentary, Bedlam: an Intimate Journey into America's Mental Health Crisis, and panel discussion

The film is available to watch free of charge from Oct 19 at 5pm through Oct 21 at 7pm

You are invited to a free film screening of Bedlam: an Intimate Journey into America’s Mental Health Crisis*. Michigan Medicine’s Office of Patient Experience (OPE) is hosting this free online viewing of this documentary that was shown at Sundance Film Festival.

Viewing window: You can view the documentary for free from October 19 starting at 5 p.m. through October 21  at 7 p.m.  The documentary is roughly 90 minutes in duration. To access the film:

with passcode: MM0920

Following the viewing window, there will be a panel discussion. Dr. Victor Hong, Medical Director of Psychiatry Emergency Services (PES), will serve as moderator, hosting a discussion with University of Michigan Office of Patient Experience Patient Advisors, Division of Public Safety and Security, PES, and community health organizations.

Panel discussion:

October 21, 2020 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

More information and registration for the panel discussion can be found on the event page.

*Documentary description

Filmed over five years, the film brings you inside one of America’s busiest psychiatric emergency rooms, into jails where psychiatric patients are warehoused, and to the homes — and homeless encampments — of mentally-ill members of our communities, where silence and shame often compound personal suffering.

The story is told in part by director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, M.D., whose own life journey has been profoundly impacted by a severely mentally-ill family member.

Who might be interested:

  • Those who work in the mental health care field
  • Those with a family member or loved one with a mental health diagnosis
  • Those with lived experience
  • Anyone else who is interested in a compelling movie about mental health treatment in our country