Open Dialogue: a documentary on a Finnish alternative approach to healing psychosis

Daniel Mackler has just completed yet another inspiring film that shows people heal and transform psychosis routinely when they are given the opportunity. This is the third of what is becoming the best documented collection of programs and people that defy what American and Western psychiatry tell us.

Daniel emailed this little note about how “OPEN DIALOGUE,” the documentary came to be. He shares the wonderful Finnish alternative to healing psychosis:

I first heard of the Finnish Open Dialogue Approach four or five years ago, and I remember searching all over the web for articles about it. It wasn’t so hard to find information about their data, but what I was really after was a better sense of what the people there were like, and how they did their work. What I would have loved to see was a film about them — to hear the people who did Open Dialogue explain their approach in their own words. Ultimately, I never found what I was looking for on the web — or anywhere, really — so, I decided to create it myself. I spent two weeks filming in northern Finland, and about two months editing, and the film ‘Open Dialogue’ is the result!

this is a taste of the film:


And now the full film is available too go to youtube to view it.

Also by Daniel Mackler, an article about his experience in Finland: Finnish Open Dialogue: High recovery rates leave many psychiatric beds empty

His other recent film is “Healing Homes” is written about in this post here.

I’ve now watched it. Marian at Different Thoughts gives it a much more thorough and deserving review.

His first film Take These Broken Wings also remains a favorite of mine.

All of Daniel’s documentary films can be purchased here. And all can now be viewed on youtube. 

These films need to be watched by everyone with any interest in the people who get labeled mentally ill in America. Instead of healing people we are creating sick people for life. That’s simply not the way it has to be. Every one of these films demonstrates that the vast majority of those labeled with mental illness are capable of…healing and transformation…and in most instances without the need of life-long medication that harms body/mind and spirit.

For more information about Open Dialogue there are a few posts on this blog: Open Dialogue: Alternative Care for Psychosis

And more recovery and transformation here:  Psychosis recovery: stories, information and resources


About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters