Working Like Crazy
By Gwynne Basen & Laura Sky
An estimated 85 percent of people labeled "mentally ill" are unemployed, and often viewed as incapable of working: hopeless, helpless, maybe dangerous besides. Working Like Crazy challenges these stereotypes. This is a fresh, engaging look at the struggles and victories of six former mental health patients. Though once labeled "unemployable," they now work in businesses run and staffed by other psychiatric survivors: places where they can make a living, rebuild their lives, connect with others, and contribute to society. From tears to laughter, isolation to friendship, rejection to acceptance, their stories offer an illuminating glimpse of this complex community.
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"Highly recommended. It demonstrates the hidden intelligence of psychiatric survivors and it provides a novel approach to providing factual information. Recommended for sociology, psychology, and health science classes." MC Journal
"Achieves a filmic beauty rare in the average documentary. In a mere one hour we are given brief, penetrating access to these people's lives and, in these moments, experience through them both joy and terrible sadness." Lynn Crosbie in Eye, TV
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