Local mental health advocates, including representatives from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, joined KCOS-TV for a special screening of the documentary “God Knows Where I Am,” Oct. 22 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
A panel discussion on mental health and mental illness preceded the screening and included Shiva Mansourkhani, M.D., assistant professor in TTUHSC El Paso’s Department of Psychiatry, and PGY-4 Michael Lin, M.D., chief resident in the Department of Psychiatry.
The panelists discussed what to do if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from a mental illness. Recommendations included talking to family or friends, or seeking professional help, depending on the severity of the mental health episode.
“God Knows Where I Am” follows the story of Linda Bishop, a sufferer of severe bipolar disorder who loses contact with family and friends and dies alone in an abandoned farmhouse during the winter of 2008. The film explores how the normally extroverted Bishop started to lose touch with reality over time, leading to her self-isolation.