Mental Health Documentary “Healing Voices” Premiers Across 130 Communities in 8 Countries


The producers of “Healing Voices” ­‐ a new social action documentary about mental health ­‐ are releasing the film via community screening partners in a coordinated global event. The movie will screen in more than 130 locations across the US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia on and around April 29th as part of the movie’s “ONE NIGHT, ONE VOICE” grass roots release.

Produced, Written and Directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film (Northampton, MA), “Healing Voices” explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-­‐life individuals, and asks the question: What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness’?

This character-­‐driven documentary follows three subjects over nearly five years, and features interviews with notable international experts including Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the
‘medical model’ of mental health treatment.

To mark the release of the film, community partners are producing world premiere screenings of the documentary in their local markets, which will be followed by a “town hall style” audience discussion about mental health. The documentary is ideal for individuals with lived experience in the mental health system, educators, peer advocates, advocates, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, healthcare workers, first responders, family members, or anyone who has been touched by mental health issues in their life.

“What we refer to as ‘mental illness’ in our culture is widely discussed and debated, but not very well understood,” said writer/director Moynihan. “These screenings are an opportunity for a range of demographic groups to come together and engage in a dialogue about a very complex social issue.”

The film recently made its world premiere at the 14th annual Boston International Film Festival and won an “Indie Spirit” award for documentary. “Healing Voices” is co-­‐Produced by Oryx Cohen (Grafton, MA) who is also one of the subjects of the film, in addition to Jennifer Constantine (Rapid City, SD) and Dan Sullivan (Amherst, MA).

A directory of “ONE NIGHT, ONE VOICE” screenings can be found on the “Healing Voices” website at

Full scene released exclusively on Mad in America from the upcoming feature-length documentary HEALING VOICES

For media inquiries, please contact PJ Moynihan | E: [email protected] | P: 413-­‐265-­‐9833

For more information about HEALING VOICES, please visit

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Justin Karter
MIA Research News Editor: Justin M. Karter is the lead research news editor for Mad in America. He completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He also holds graduate degrees in both Journalism and Community Psychology from Point Park University. He brings a particular interest in examining and decoding cultural narratives of mental health and reimagining the institutions built on these assumptions.


  1. Hearing Voices can also be from Voice of God technology, aka voice to skull or v2k. Thousands (perhaps tens or hundreds of thousands of citizens are alleging this is being used on them in non-consensual human experiments). It’s likely it’s being used like COINTELPRO is being used today – to distinguish dissent.

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