Oct. 10 Screening at UNL Follows Descent into Mental Illness

News Release Date: 
October 2, 2018

For Immediate Release

Oct. 10 Screening at UNL Follows Descent into Mental Illness

LINCOLN, Neb. (Oct. 2, 2018) – The story of one woman’s tragic death is told in a powerful exploration of mental illness when “God Knows Where I Am” is screened from 6:45-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Colonial Rooms A and B in the Nebraska Union, 1400 R St., Lincoln. 

As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week, the free event is open to the public and presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, in partnership with the UNL student organizations Active Minds and the Out of the Darkness.

A discussion will follow.

The documentary tells the story of Linda Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother who battled severe bipolar disorder and homelessness.

On May 3, 2008, her body was found in an abandoned New Hampshire home. A journal found beside the body documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity with poignancy, humor and spirituality.

“God Knows Where I Am” tells Bishop’s story through interviews with family, friends, and medical and legal professionals involved with her case. The documentary traces the events leading up to her hospitalization and investigates the final months of her life following her discharge.

These intimate accounts of Bishop’s experience raise questions about society’s treatment of people with mental health conditions and those who are displaced, exposing systemic failures to protect those who cannot protect themselves. For more information, visit pbs.org/godknowswhereiam.

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CONTACT: Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.