19th ANNUAL MOVIE BENEFIT … IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
SAVE THE DATE — Wednesday, December 9, 2015!! Woodley House is proud to present Warner Brothers’ ‘IN THE HEART OF THE SEA’ directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth for our 19th Annual Movie Benefit. It tells the exciting and dramatic true story of the Essex, the 1820 whaling ship whose assault by a gigantic and vengeful whale inspired Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’. Taken from archival materials and the cabin boy’s own journal, it’s based on the best-selling book by Nathaniel Philbrick, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’. This is a terrific tale of survival and personal courage and should make for a wonderful night of ‘dinner and a movie’ with Woodley House!
This is our only major fundraising event of the year and all proceeds go directly to our programs to provide our range of therapeutic housing and support services for men and women living with chronic mental illness. With the support and generosity of our friends each year, we are able to offer a pathway to recovery for nearly 300 each year. Together we make a difference in people’s lives. To find out more information about our Movie Benefit and how to purchase tickets, please click here.
Know the Five Signs … to CHANGE DIRECTION!
Woodley House is proud to be a Founding Partner of CHANGE DIRECTION … dedicated to changing the story about how we talk about mental health in America.
One in five Americans has a diagnosable mental illness, but too many don’t understand the warning signs or are reluctant to seek help because of the stigma involved. It’s time to come together to open the conversation … or ‘flip the script’ as First Lady Michelle Obama said in her stirring keynote speech. “Our mental health is just as vital as our physical health, it’s time we start treating it that way”.
CHANGE DIRECTION asks people to learn the 5 SIGNS OF SUFFERING … Personality change; Agitation; Isolation; Poor self care (diet, personal hygiene, risky behavior); Hopelessness. If you recognize these signs in yourself or in family member or friend, you might want to reach out for help. Please see www.changedirection.org for more information about this very important campaign and take the pledge yourself to join with us to start the conversation. Only by breaking the barriers of silence can we really make change happen.
Witnesses — a short film about Woodley House by Charles Guggenheim
In 1999, Academy Award-winning director, Charles Guggenheim produced and directed a short film Witnesses that told the story of six individuals whose lives were touched by their Woodley House experience. Please take a moment to watch the film below. It is truly … treatment that works.
WATCH THE VIDEO here.