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War in the Mind


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Judy Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 64 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2011
Available in French: No

Throughout history the lasting psychological effects of war have taken a terrible toll on soldiers and their families, but until the1980s post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was unrecognized as a treatable injury. Sufferers were derided as malingers - or even shot for desertion. Today there has been some positive change, but as the startlingly high number of military suicides in Canada, USA and the UK are starting to come to light, it is clear that there is much work to be done to educate both the public and the military and to increase access to treatment.
 
War in the Mind takes us into the heart of the issue by giving voice to soldiers who have, with incredible courage, allowed our cameras complete access into their lives, their thoughts and their treatment in the hope that more of their colleagues will step forward and seek help. In an intimate and candid interview Senator and Retired General Roméo Dallaire elaborates on and guides us through the experience of PTSD.  We also talk with the mothers of three young soldiers in three countries whose sons ended their lives - soldiers whose service to their countries has gone unnoticed and unheralded- the ones who are slipping through the cracks.  

Director Judy Jackson's compassionate film takes the viewer beyond the five minute stories on the evening news and towards a greater understanding of PTSD, allowing us to witness sessions of a unique therapeutic program which helps to unwind some of the soldiers’ military training. This kind of successful treatment promises great hope for the future - hope that more soldiers can turn away from desperation and thoughts of suicide and return to life with their families.