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Last Thursday I had the pleasure of viewing the film, "Here One Day," a film by Kathy Leichter, which was the story of her mother's life and death, by suicide at age 61. I was there, tabling for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NYC Staten Island, along with my friends Pete and Patty. We handed out literature and talked with people before and after the film.
"Here One Day" chronicles the life of Nina Leichter, from her marriage to the day of her death. She lived with bipolar disorder, and was active in her local NAMI and Mood Disorders Support Group chapters. She was also an active chronicler of her own life, through journals that she kept, and tape recordings that she made, which her daughter, Kathy, discovered after her death, when she moved into the apartment where her parents lived after her mother's death. The story of her life and death is told through excerpts from the recordings and journal entries, as well as interviews with family members and friends.
I found the film to be very moving and profound. You never know the impact a person's life has had on the people around them until after they've died.
To get DVD's of the film to show to your organization, or to stream the film, or to learn more, here's the website: www.hereoneday.com.