Passage To Hope: A Personal Invitation

A personal invitation from PsychOdyssey’s Tom Pyle:

passage-to-hope-title-shotMany of my friends know of my family’s personal challenge navigating the maelstrom of mental illness. For the past ten years, this challenge has led me and my family to all corners—and alerted us to all the concerns—of New Jersey’s mental health system.

Now, for NAMI Mercer, I have produced a film about this experience. I invite you to a special event this coming Sunday afternoon, October 23: the debut screening of “Passage to Hope”, an 11 minute documentary about the tests, trials, and triumphs of family members and their loved ones navigating mental illness.

As a special feature of Princeton Theological Seminary’s 2016 film festival, this extraordinary short film describes the real life experiences of local family members coping with mental illness. It presents an authentic voice of people who faced crisis, endued despair, suffered stigma, made accommodations, learned acceptance, and now are filled with hope for ultimate recovery.

Passage To Hope film and sound crew: THP, Will Leavey, Brian Boni, Robert T. Hedden, Chris Nesi

Passage To Hope film and sound crew: THP, Will Leavey, Brian Boni, Robert T. Hedden, Chris Nesi

Even more extraordinary is how this film was made. Made possible with generous assistance of Princeton Community Television, the documentary not only features family members and loved ones telling their stories about mental illness. It was also entirely filmed, edited, and scored by family members and loved ones coping with mental illness.

Mental illness is a heavy cross to bear. Yet, hard to believe, many blessings can come from the experience. One is the heroic perseverance and progress of our loved ones in recovery. Another is the love and support of so many good people along the way. And, most certainly, one is this film. It so well captured the sense of our experience. And it so well mobilized the creativity and collaboration of so many outstanding participants living with and through their psychiatric situations. I’m very proud of this film and all associated with it. I’d like to share this film personally with you.


Premier of Passage to Hope, a video documentary from NAMI Mercer about the local family experience with mental illness.


Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 2 pm (until 3:30 pm, with reception to follow)


Old Borough Council Room, First Floor, Princeton Borough Hall, One Monument Drive, Princeton, New Jersey

(Below is a little foretaste: the trailer, created by Chris Nesi:)

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