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Ida’s Diary

A young Norwegian woman struggling with borderline personality disorder named Ida Storm chose a video diary as an outlet for her mood swings, a way to ease her mind and structure her thoughts. IDA’S DIARY invites the viewer into an anxiously intense insider’s view of a real life conducted under the auspices of mental illness.

Director: August B. Hanssen
Year: 2015
Time: 63 min

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Share this film. Give others the chance to be inspired and learn from Ida and her story.

Learn more about NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, that offers support to Americans suffering from mental illness and their family and friends. Support their cause. Most countries have a similar national association.

Learn more about Befrienders Worldwide – an organization offering emotional support worldwide for individuals suffering from depression and mental illness, and has volunteer help-lines across the globe. 

Find a supportive group in your community to connect yourself with if you struggle with mental illness. The Healing News Network offers alternative approaches to healing mental illness through more holistic means.

Consider campaigning with SANE, a leading UK mental health charity, that works to help those suffering from or affected by mental illness, or find other ways to help trough an extensive website with many ways to get involved and feel connected.

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Interview With Filmmaker August B. Hanssen

“FRED’s Matt Micucci interview August B. Hanssen, whose documentary “Ida’s Diary” was presented at IDFA 2014. He talks to us about how he came across the videos shot by Ida, the process of choosing the right material for his documentary and he also shares with us his thoughts on how cinema treats issues and themes related to mental illness.”

Listen to the podcast on FRED.

Drug Use Disorders and Mental Illnesses

“The high prevalence of comorbidity between drug use disorders and other mental illnesses does not mean that one caused the other, even if one appeared first.”

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Mental Health

Check out The Site for; information on mental illness; chats with experts, true stories and much more.

The Truth Behind Self-harm

Breaking the stigmas and stereotypes associated with self-harm. Read the article on Psychology Today.

Filmmaker Ida Storm Wants to Change the Face of Borderline Personality Disorder

Read the article here and a full interview with Ida Storm here.

How Antidepressants Work In The Brain

Antidepressants are currently prescribed more than at any other point in the past two decades.

Find out how they work here.

Let’s End the Stigma of Mental Illness

“Look to your left. Look to your right. Look behind you. Look in front of you. One of the people you just saw has been diagnosed with a mental illness.  Many people ask why I started TalkSession. I left a career on Wall Street, got an MBA and now run a consumer healthcare technology company with a clear mission of making mental healthcare more accessible, affordable and acceptable through cutting-edge technology”

Continue reading at the Huffington Post.


Our interview with Ida Storm.

The Secret Dual Lives of People Living With Mental Illness

In 2013,  Liz Obert began a series that dealt with the realities of what it means to put on a brave face while simultaneously coping with forms of depression. Starting with herself, Obert took two photos: one that showed the person she chooses to present to the world, and a second portrait that presented an image of how she existed behind closed doors when feeling depressed.

Find out more on Slate.


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