Growing Up with a Schizophrenic Mother [animated short film]

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OC87 Recovery Diaries transforms a woman’s personal essay about her relationship with her mother who struggled with schizophrenia into a liberating piece of art.

Growing Up with a Schizophrenic Mother

Sheri Heller. Growing Up with a Schizophrenic Mother

By sharing my story I am encouraged to inspire others to follow suit, with the hope that by so doing we will come to recognize the unique and personal purpose of every individual life.

OC87 Recovery Diaries (oc87recoverydiaries.com) recounts the traumatic life story of a women growing up with a schizophrenic mother in a unique, personal perspective through animation.

That woman is Sheri Heller, a clinical social worker who specializes in treating trauma and addictive disorders at her private psychotherapy practice. Sheri’s mother, Pearl, lived with schizophrenia.

By using the art of animation, the award-winning filmmaker Glenn Holsten transforms the intense sadness and profound strength expressed in Sheri’s personal essay into a short film.

Holsten collaborated with the award-winning animation team of Paul and Sandra Fierlinger on the short film. Paul and Sandra Fierlinger are experienced animators who have perfected the art of documentary animation storytelling through their own feature-length and short films. Their years of animation experience and sensitivity to human struggle were a perfect match for this harrowing tale of survival and triumph.

Making the film has been a healing force in Sheri’s life. According to Sheri, “By watching the short I am reminded that creativity, humanity, and love can somehow survive the harshness of trauma. By sharing my story I am encouraged to inspire others to follow suit, with the hope that by so doing we will come to recognize the unique and personal purpose of every individual life”

“From a childhood spent in distress to an adulthood devoted to helping those who are faced with mental health challenges,” said Bud Clayman, Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, “Sheri’s strength and courage is a shining light.”

ABOUT OC87 Recovery Diaries
OC87 Recovery Diaries’ mission is to bust stigma surrounding mental illness. The website aims to touch as many lives as possible and shed light on the lived experiences of recovery from a mental illness: what matters, what helps, what hurts, and what might be next?

Original content is developed by the OC87 Recovery Diaries production team. In addition, the site commissions stories about mental health recovery journeys from those who have lived experiences and a story to tell.

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