KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – Connections is a wonderful place in Halifax (and Dartmouth, and Lower Sackville) where people who are recovering from mental illness can go for a cup of coffee, a kind word, some company, counselling and all kinds of practical support.
In this week’s full-length documentary we meet eight people who joined Halifax Connections. They talk about their lives, how they learned to cope with their illness, and what gives them joy.
“Nice to have a cat at home. When you come home you have a cat waiting for you, it feels good. It’s like a person at the door, waiting for you. Her name is Daisy, and yes, she’s a really good cat.”
I can so relate to that. Turns out people who live with mental illness are exactly like everybody else.
This excellent documentary was made by Kent Martin of Unceasing Play, together with Chris Bourque, Shelley Harvill and Nancy Beck. Check out the Unceasing Play website.
Kent Martin also co-produced Wi’kupaltimk -Feast of Forgiveness, a documentary about the relationship between the indigenous community in urban Halifax and food. That documentary was our weekend video in November of last year.