A DOCUMENTARY FILM
Mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different
experiences, even people with same diagnosis.
Joseph Piner’s documentary film, John Living - With Mental Illness takes on the near impossible task of unraveling the identity of schizophrenia and it's conditions, the management of people living with this condition.
John Smith is a 53 year old living with mental illness. John communicates through rapping and entertaining people. After suffering abuse from a family member at the age of eight, John developed schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and behavioral issues. John deals with this everyday as he searches for answers. John - Living With Mental Illness showcases fantastic footage of John as he navigates life and its challenges living with mental illness in Cecil County and understands that the greatest threat to himself is the lack of understanding between the public and people like himself. John takes on this daunting task to dispel these myths about mental illness, through his rapping and style of dressing. The film John – Living With Mental Illness clearly denotes this complex issue and how the ignorance of not understanding people living with mental illness often makes matters worse.