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"God Knows Where I Am" film will be accompanied by community conversation on mental health, homelessness

VIA Public Media and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) Behavioral Health Initiative will offer a free screening of the documentary God Knows Where I Am on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the GCSOM auditorium at 525 Pine Street in Scranton. The public is invited to attend the screening and participate in the community conversation about mental health issues that will occur following the film. Details, directions and free reservations are available here.

God Knows Where I Am is the story of Linda Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother who suffered from severe bipolar disorder with psychosis. Intermittently incarcerated and homeless, she was committed to a state psychiatric facility. Linda was able to refuse treatment and medication and procure an early release, despite the lack of post release planning. She broke into an abandoned farmhouse and lived on rainwater and apples picked from a nearby orchard through one of the coldest winters on record, eventually starving to death. Her body was discovered several months later and with it a diary that Linda kept documenting her harrowing journey. The diary – and the documentary – are poignant, beautiful, spiritual and deeply disturbing.

VIA Senior Vice President Chris Norton will moderate the discussion featuring panelists Leighton Huey, MD, associate dean, professor of psychiatry and director of Behavioral Health for Geisinger Northeast, and Jeri McNulty, a community member with lived experience. God Knows Where I Am is a testament to the artistic and independent spirit of Linda Bishop, but the film also raises questions of social justice. What does it mean to live in the most powerful country on earth, when our society fails to protect those who cannot protect themselves?  

 

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 23 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

 

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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