The precarious world of a couple diagnosed with schizophrenia is pushed to the brink when they find a notice posted on their door demanding that they throw away all of their belongings or face eviction. Alexander and Timothy's fight to stay in their apartment of seventeen years opens a widow into the private lives of African-Americans living with mental illness. Middle-aged Alexander, once an accomplished skier and boxer, saw his dream of skiing in the Olympics end with a shocking mental health diagnoses at 19. Now 56 and at risk of homelessness, Alexander is unwilling to throw away his beloved books; they are the only thing that keeps him grounded when his scattered thoughts take over. Beautiful Timothy, his wife of eight years, is similarly struggling to manage the voices in her head amidst the backdrop of addiction. A published author with her tragic story to tell, Timothy draws you into her world, beckoning you to discover what more besides her girlish good looks is masked behind too much make-up and cheap eyelashes. Alexander, Timothy and millions like them brave the indignity of stigma in a system where less than 2% of mental health professionals are African-American and a broken mental health care system that fails the most vulnerable sentencing them to a life on the streets, behind bars, or worse.
A State of Mind is a poignant, honest and intelligent story that explores the questions: what happens to those who don’t have support? Why has the system failed? And how does stigma affect people in need of treatment?