CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center and SunCloud Health are hosting a free, one night only screening of the compelling documentary, All of Me, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Damen Cinema, Damen Student Center at Loyola University, 6511 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago.
"This film brings eating disorders into the light so friends, family, and the community can understand the complex nature of the disease and break the silence around those who are struggling," said Melissa O'Neill, LCSW, director of clinical operations at Timberline Knolls. "We hope that opening up a dialogue with this screening and film will bring hope to many and awareness to all."
The documentary, directed by Vermont filmmaker Bess O'Brien, focuses on the lives of women, girls and boys who are caught in the downward spiral of eating disorders and their struggle to regain a sense of self-compassion and healing. The film also centers on the parents coping with their children around this devastating disease. The movie gives hope to those suffering from eating disorders and illustrates how people can recover and reclaim their bodies, their emotional connection with themselves and others.
In addition, All of Me talks about the underlying emotional issues that eating disorders stem from including depression, anxiety, trauma, sensitivity, control, perfectionism, and other mental health concerns.
"I'm delighted to participate on such a distinguished panel," said Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, co-founder and medical director at SunCloud Health. "Eating disorders are some of the most common illnesses that lead to devastating morbidity, and even mortality, for people with the disease and their families, and yet, are infrequently addressed head on and most often misunderstood by professionals and lay people alike. Films like All of Me are an important part of the solution--showing the illness for what it is, decreasing the shame that keeps people from seeking expert help, and ultimately saving lives."
The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be offered, as well as a panel discussion of experts, including: Melissa O'Neill, LCSW, director of clinical operations at Timberline Knolls; Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS, co-founder and medical director at SunCloud Health; Tiffany Tiberi, PsyD., clinical coordinator, Wellness Center-Lakeshore Campus, Loyola University; and Rachel Natvig, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and the film's featured eating disorder survivor.
The film's director, Bess O'Brien, will introduce the film and Kelley Kitley LCSW, a well-known women's mental health author and expert, will be the event's moderator and emcee.
About Timberline Knolls: Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 – 65+) with eating disorders, addiction, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. For more information on Timberline Knolls, call 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook – Timberline Knolls, LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls and Twitter - @TimberlineToday.
About SunCloud Health: Offering PHP, IOP and long-term outpatient treatment. Providing integrated care for people with co-occurring substance use disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and related trauma. Now with locations in Northbrook and Lincoln Park, Chicago. For more information, visit www.suncloudhealth.com.
About Loyola University Wellness Center: The Wellness Center provides high quality interdisciplinary medical, mental health, and health promotion services to a diverse student population. By enhancing health and wellness, within the context of a Jesuit Catholic institution, each student is empowered to take responsibility for self-care by making informed lifestyle choices that contribute to their own success and to the well-being of the community. For more information, visit https://www.luc.edu/wellness/about/missionandvision/.