OC87 Recovery Diaries produces and posts an original mental health video every month. The films we create cover what it’s like to live with many different diagnoses including schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, addiction, Asperger’s syndrome, and borderline personality disorder.
We’re always looking to other creators around the internet for inspiration as we seek to #buststigma about mental illness. This post is a round up of depression videos on YouTube that have us feeling educated, moved, and empowered to continue sharing mental health recovery stories. (more…)
HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON is a new documentary film about an intimate beauty parlor inside of the Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health facility in Northwest Philadelphia run by NHS Human Services.
The Hollywood Beauty Salon is run by Rachel “Hollywood” Carr Timms. Staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery — openly discussing their mental health issues but also refusing to be defined by their diagnoses. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives.
Rachel is truly the soul of the salon. She is a Recovery Guide and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner who uses her own journey with mental health challenges to connect with — and advocate for — her clients.
Rachel has been on her own since high school. She has fought to overcome depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. Her commitment to recovery began when her daughter, Cadence (now 15 years old), was born. Her story anchors the film, just as she anchors the Hollywood Beauty Salon.
Director of Photography Daniel Traub films Ed Kozempel and Philadelphia Orchestra associate principal flute player David Cramer
When talking about his recovery journey, Ed Kozempel references Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), a tone poem by classical music composer Richard Strauss. It’s an apt reference. And while Ed wrestles with daily battles in his mind, music has always been a constant source of hope and happiness.
Ed was born and raised in North Philadelphia. With two bachelor degrees from University of the Arts (one in trombone performance and another in music education), young Ed Kozempel was well on his way to a career in music. But at age 26, mental illness interrupted his dreams.
He was lost to paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. At one time he was hospitalized with catatonic seizures. For thirty years he was in and out of hospitals, boarding homes and the street – “limbo” as he says — searching for the right path, the right medication to give him stability and a place to make music.
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Inner Child Dee (Tamika Tukes) and Darlene
“Stigma is an ugly word. It makes me very angry inside. Because people don’t understand. When you say ‘depression,’ they look at you — they try to see it on your face. ‘I don’t see it,’ they say. Well you can’t. So, I want to put a face to it, and it’s not the face that you think it is.” —Darlene Holmes Malone
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“I would not want to change my life, even all the negative and bad stuff, because it actually made me who I am. I wouldn’t change anything.” —Rachel “Hollywood” Carr
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