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The content of HOPE.
HOPE tells the stories of five families who are supporting or caring for a family member who has experienced mental illness. These families have found ways to work together to support one another, come to terms with their circumstances and maintain hope. These short documentaries bring us into contact with some extraordinary families who have learned to handle sorrow, grief and trauma and find acceptance. Their stories present challenges and leave us with optimism over how these encounters have been met. In making HOPE I was personally inspired and learnt a great deal from these families. The journey of capturing these stories digitally did not start out hopefully at all, but on hearing and listening to others I learnt about resilience and gained knowledge from what these families had encountered which has enabled me to find hope too.
I support a son who has a mental illness and have made this DVD as a response to discovering how little information is available about family experiences in New Zealand. Where possible I have recorded both someone who is being supported and their family in a conversation about their circumstances. The intention is that after viewing these stories and experiences can be shared. The DVD is constructed so that the stories can be viewed from the beginning as a collection of five narratives. Alternatively, the stories can be viewed as separate stand alone narratives.
Eileen Lavranos 2016
EILEEN, WALLY AND SIMON. Parents discuss supporting their son who has experienced mental distress and is now living independently.
JANITA. Janita talks about supporting her son who has a diagnosis of schizophrenia
ROSSER AND SHARON. Rosser talks about supporting his wife through agoraphobia and depression
EMMA AND JAY. Emma as a child supported her mother through mental distress and throughout her life. Emma’s mother declined at the time of filming to be interviewed but gave permission for this story to be told in the hope that it would help others.
TUPUNA AND SHIRL. Tupuna talks about supporting his wife through severe mental distress.