From challenging beginnings, Chamique Holdsclaw became the best and most famous women’s basketball player on the planet, the “female Michael Jordan.” Until her career was derailed by depression and near-suicide. At first unequipped to deal with mental health issues, her road to recovery was slow and bumpy. But once she began to recover, she took a risk and began to tell her own story to help others.
She soon became a powerful mental health advocate, a recognized leader in shining a national spotlight on mental illness—especially in sports, among African-Americans, and among youth: populations that are often uncomfortable, like she was, dealing with mental health issues. Then, in a dramatic reminder of the unpredictability and power of mental illness, months after we began filming, Holdsclaw had a dramatic setback. Her daily battles for her own recovery, and her openness to revealing them, are powerful, poignant and instructive.
Mental illness is perhaps the final taboo of America’s pressing social problems. At a mental health summit in June, 2013, President Obama said, “[We must] make sure that people aren’t suffering in silence” and that our goal “is not to start a conversation… it’s about elevating that conversation to a national level and bringing mental illness out of the shadows.” Our film of Chamique Holdsclaw’s journey is an excellent vehicle through which we can help do just that.
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Dave Zirin interviews Chamique on “The Collision” – 4/2/2015 (Starts about 35:10)
See our LOOK BOOK on the film.
- Chamique Holdsclaw speaks on her depression (Ebony)
- The institutional response to mentally ill (Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC) featuring one of Mind/Game’s advisors, Donna Barnes of the National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide
- Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone (USA Today)
- Mentally ill crime victims ‘ignored’ (bbc.co.uk)