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Mental Health Services in Iowa Transcript

Mental Health Services in Iowa by Lilly Hamilton

Piano playing with text overlay on field with windmill. The text reads, “Transinstitutionalization: The process by which institutions housing mentally ill individuals have closed, states have failed to develop adequate community care solutions, and jails and prisons have expanded as a result.”

Scene of feet walking. Text read aloud, “Approximately one in five adults in Iowa live with some form of mental illness.”

Scene of man wringing hands. New voice reads, “Approximately 123,000 Iowans live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.”

Scene of same man running and panting. New voice reads, “Today, the national suicide rate for males working in agriculture is 50% higher than the suicide rate at the height of the farm crisis in 1982.”

Field of prairie grass with text overlay which reads, “Mental illnesses deserve medical attention. However, in Iowa access to medical mental health services is limited. The state of Iowa has closed two of its four public mental health institutions, is last in the nation in state provided mental health inpatient beds, and has 71 mental health professional shortage areas.” New text appears. It reads, “As institutions for the mentally ill have closed, jails and prisons have expanded.”

Scene of man seated on floor with head bowed, wringing hands. A voice reads, “Prison populations were steady at approximately 2,000 inmates until 1975. Now they are forecasted to increase to over 10,500 by the year 2026.”

Scene of the man running away followed by a scene panning the man standing staring off into distance. A voice reads, “47% of Iowa’s prison inmates have a mental illness. Jails and prisons are required by law to provide medical and mental health care. Sometimes they are the only option for someone to get the support they need.”

Scene with camera panning a corn field and text overlay. The text reads, “Transinstitutionalization is not the answer. Contact your legislators and tell them your concerns about declining mental health services throughout the state. Share your concerns with your friends, family, and community. Together we can destigmatize mental illness, stop the prison pipeline, and ensure that everyone in our Iowa communities gets the help they need.”

Black screen with credits that read, “Thank you to Jackson Schulte, Claire Padrnos, Sarah Hamilton, and Andy Hamilton for acting and speaking in this video. This video was created by Lily Hamilton for a Grinnell College course on Mental Health Policy and Outreach made possible by the Digital Bridges Grant.”

Scene with the Digital Bridges Grant logo.

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