The film shows that we desperately need alternatives in mental healthcare!

The standard of care that most people experience is centered on taking psychiatric medications.  If one doesn’t work; often others are added.  The side-effects can be profoundly debilitating.  The story of how this standard of care has negatively impacted mental health and mental healthcare is important to know.  It urges us to seek effective alternatives as quickly as possible.  Our youth, teenagers, young adults, people in mid-life, veterans, and elders may all be suffering in the current over-reliance on psychiatric medications.  Read IMHU’s story to understand  how we address the problems described.

One of the best full feature films that illustrates the problems in our healthcare system today is “Escape Fire”.

The trailer above introduces the movie. It was a winner of 8 awards!  You can go to the following site to learn how to see the full film online or purchase a copy to share with friends and associates:

“American healthcare costs are rising so rapidly that they could reach $4.2 trillion annually, roughly 20% of our gross domestic product, within ten years. We spend $300 billion a year on pharmaceutical drugs––almost as much as the rest of the world combined. We pay more, yet our health outcomes are worse. About 65% of Americans are overweight and almost 75% of healthcare costs are spent on preventable diseases that are the major causes of disability and death in our society.


It’s not surprising that healthcare tops many Americans’ concerns and is at the center of a political firestorm in our nation’s Capitol. But the current battle over cost and access does not ultimately address the root of the problem: we have a disease-care system, not a healthcare system.

ESCAPE FIRE examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention, for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. After decades of resistance, a movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system is finally gaining ground. Award-winning filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke follow dramatic human stories as well as leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.”