Going Sane Documentary Screening

Jun 30, 2017

Over the last thirty years America has more than quadrupled its mental health spending and significantly increased the number of mental health professionals, yet many of the most common mental illnesses are on the rise. It seems strange that increased spending on mental health treatment is correlated with the growth of mental illness. But what if it’s not just a surprising correlation? What if the mental health industry is part of the problem?

So why is the mental health field so different from the medical field’s evidenced-based treatments? The medical field used to be just like the mental health field: Doctors choose treatments based on personal preferences rather than proven effectiveness, which led to a lot of poor outcomes. But that all changed in the 1960s when medical professionals established a method for evaluating research and selecting proper treatments. The revolution was known as evidence based practice or EBP. The success had been well documented saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year. But the mental health field has not made the transition.

Going Sane asks the question, if EBP has been so successful for the medical field, why hasn’t the mental health field embraced it? The mental health field is held back for one primary reason: practitioners tend to maintain a psychoanalytic, isolating approach so seldom educate or include networks of support in treatment, which would mostly be parents and families but could include educators and others.

For the last fifty years research has continued to prove that families are generally not responsible for mental illnesses and involving family members in the treatment of mentally ill patients is crucial to success. But mental health professionals continue to isolate patients and remain unaccountable to families who are only left to care for their loved ones once the treatment has proven, yet again, unsuccessful.

We interviewed many families dealing with mental illness and many of the nations’ leading experts to discovered that most mental health patients are receiving outdated and disproven treatments. Witness the state of mental health care in America through our new 65 min documentary.