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Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (02:24)


This film follows life in the Brockville Mental Health Center for 18 months. Employees intervene in a patient fight. Although stable, schizophrenic patients have violent tendencies

New Patient Protocols (03:00)

Stabilized schizophrenic patient Michael explains the hospital's layout and security measures. Incoming patients can be a threat to one another, as well as to staff; nurses gather in numbers to assess a psychotic man.

Schizophrenia (03:57)

Michael describes a symptom management course and explains command hallucinations. Patients are counseled on how to react to voices. A nurse helps Carole cope with suicidal thoughts.

Michael's Story (03:18)

Michael's brothers Peter and John describe his youthful confidence and how schizophrenia changed his personality. He has been convicted of second degree murder, but isn't held criminally responsible. He has improved in Brockville, but has social anxiety.

Carole's Story (03:12)

Michael doesn't want to move into the community. Carole is estranged from her family; she was admitted to Brockville on assault charges and has jumped from a balcony. Nurses discuss her capacity for violence.

Gender Behavioral Differences (02:18)

Carole explains a sticker reward system, and defines bad behavior. Brockville nurses explain that women are more prone to violence inside the hospital, while men are more likely to commit violent crimes outside.

Self Harm (03:10)

Justine’s behavior has been challenging to Brockville staff. She tried to strangle herself to feel high, and nearly died.

Family Tragedy (02:54)

Brockville patients eat lunch. Michael's sister and father take him to a restaurant. Rebecca recalls learning that Michael had killed their mother.

Schizophrenia Murder (03:01)

Hear an account of how Michael killed his mother. His father and siblings watch a slideshow and recall her dedication to family and community.

Patient Unpredictability (03:12)

Carole was released from Brockville on good behavior, but has been readmitted. She can be loving and hateful within minutes. She accused male nurse Mark of rape, but later denied it.

Capacity for Violence (03:58)

Michael doesn't talk about killing his mother and is hyper sensitive in social situations. Carole admits lying about accusing Mark of rape and demonstrates how she punched a hole in a wall.

Planning Beyond Brockville (03:51)

Michael wants to salvage his life and hold down a job. Carole describes how she started dating Sal, a fellow patient. She sings him a song while they take a cigarette break.

Venturing into the Community (03:47)

Michael has started leaving Brockville unattended as part of a release program. Carole's teddy bear has helped her since losing her baby. Schizophrenia patients may kill family members and realize what they've done after recovering. Michael can't forgive himself.

Living Hell (03:45)

Michael knows he was mentally ill but can't understand why he killed his mother. He discusses forgiveness; his family hasn't abandoned him.

Forgiveness (03:39)

Michael's family blames schizophrenia for their tragedy, not Michael himself. Guilt prevents him from mourning his mother with fond memories.

Epilogue (04:09)

Carole has new teeth and feels good about herself. Michael has moved out of Brockville to a shared apartment. He's met another schizophrenic patient and they've become friends.

Credits: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (One-Hour Version) (01:15)

Credits: Out of Mind, Out of Sight (One-Hour Version)

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What happens to people who suffer from mental illnesses and commit violent crimes? Where do they go? How are they treated? Little is known about the facilities—once called asylums for the criminally insane—to which some of these patients are sent. Now known as forensic psychiatric hospitals, these are institutions inside which patients disappear, away from public view for years. Four-time Emmy winner John Kastner has been granted unprecedented access to one such hospital: the Brockville Mental Health Centre. He filmed inside this facility for 18 months, allowing 46 patients and 75 staff to share their experiences with stunning frankness. The result is two remarkable documentaries. The first, NCR: Not Criminally Responsible (Item #58175), premiered at Hot Docs in the spring of 2013 and follows the story of a violent patient released into the community, much to the alarm of his victim and her family. Kastner’s film returns to the Brockville Mental Health Centre to follow treatment processes normally hidden from the public, profiling four patients—two men and two women—as they struggle to gain control over their lives, so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them.

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL94787

Copyright date: ©2014

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