"My Dad's Illness" a film by Megan Plouzek

Program Description
Megan Plouzek shares her poignant story about growing up in a home with a parent diagnosed with a severe mental illness.  The brutal honesty of her documentary is powerful.  Megan spares little detail in discussing the darker nature of her father's illness and its impact on her father and her entire family.  But, at its core, this is a love story as Megan and her family continue to rally around her father with hope for his recovery.

Chronic Mental Illness and The Family

This companion program to "My Dad's Illness" shares avenues of help and general information about severe mental illness.   Mike Tobias, program host, talks with three experts who all members of the Serious Mental Illness Research Group at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


About the Filmmaker
Megan Plouzek grew up near Lincoln, Nebraska. She began working on her film while attending Nebraska Wesleyan University (Lincoln) and taking video production classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  As her film was nearing completion, Megan accepted an internship at NET.  Megan said she has always wanted to tell inspiring stories. “I tell this story in hopes it will spark a conversation about mental illness. It is sad to see so many families struggling and remaining silent,” she said.  

A Special Note from the Filmmaker
"I know my family is not alone in our struggle with my father's severe mental illness; however, I'm taken back by the number of people who have approached me since the completion of my documentary. Story upon story detail similar frustrations that my family has faced.  It's sad to think many families suffer, but remain silent due to the stigma attached to brain-related disorders. It's my hope that this documentary will encourage more individuals and families affected by mental illneses to step outside the dark shadows, seek help, and raise awareness."
       -Megan Plouzek


NATIONAL Phone Numbers for Immediate Help

1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Hotline – to talk with  a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area,anytime 24/7.  www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

1.800.SUICIDE to be connected to an available certified crisis center nearest to your calling location.  hopeline.com

TTY - Hearing & Speech Impaired1-800-799-4TTY1-800-799-4889

1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727)  SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline - Speak to a live person, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST to get general information on mental health and locate treatment services in your area.

1-877-VET-2-VET (1-877-838-2838)- If you are a veteran or you know someone who came back from active duty and has trouble with memories and experiences of the war, call 24/7.

The Veterans Crisis Line - Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.  


NATIONAL  Websites

www.veteranscrisisline.net The Veterans Crisis Line website 

www.ptsd.va.gov   June is PTSD Awareness Month

www.nami.org   National Alliance on Mental Illness  

www.mentalhealthamerica.net   Mental Health America educates the general public about the realities of mental health and mental illness

www.boystown.org   Boys Town support  for at-risk children and their families 

ncmhr.org   The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR)  

www.mentalhealth.gov  Mental Health.gov  for information about mental health and resources to find help

www.womenshealth.gov   Women’s mental health and links to women’s organizations and publications

www.thenationalcouncil.org   National Council for Behavioral Health has a wide array of information on policy, awareness, education, and assistance

www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org   Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that  helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders

www.mentalhealthscreening.org  SMH (Screening for Mental Health) provides the public with education, screening, and treatment resources

www.nimh.nih.gov   National Institute of Mental Health – Information on mental health, education, outreach, research

www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mental health site