April's Story


Client: McLean Hospital

When Erin Collins-Moore called from McLean Hospital, a prestigious psychiatric hospital in the Boston area, and asked us to make films for their annual Gala, we were excited and concerned. This seemed like a rare opportunity to make films on sensitive subjects with both patient and hospital collaboration. Our worry was, could we make honest films and protect patient privacy?

The answers came from the subjects themselves.  We've now had the opportunity to work with several different patients from McLean and each has been eager to share their story for the sake of others who might also benefit from help and treatment. 

“The school called us that day and said they thought we should come up there. That was the longest ride of my life.” That is how April’s mother describes first hearing about her daughters psychotic episode during her freshman year of college.  April’s Story tells of one family’s frightening experience with bipolar disorder and how doctors and therapists at McLean OnTrack(TM) program helped April get control of her symptoms and her life.