Ida started hurting herself when she was 10 years old. After several painful years of being tossed around the mental health system, trying to balance and self-medicate, she turned to an escalating lifestyle full of drugs, alcohol and self-harm. Now in her late 20s, she has been diagnosed with emotionally unstable (borderline) personality disorder.
Using her own camera, she has captured the last eight years of her turbulent life in an unflinchingly honest video diary. A means to ease her mind and structure her thoughts. Through excerpts from this diary, the film offers an insight into a world of fear and anxiety that is punctuated with everyday victories and self-discoveries. Increasingly, Ida succeeds in conquering her misery and breaking the shackles of mental illness - we witness her struggle towards self-acceptance and a renewed appreciation of life. Ida’s Diary is a film about hope, about finding your own identity and about daring to live.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
August B. Hanssen, Director of Ida’s Diary (via Skype)
Kath Lovell, MD of Emergence - Emergence is a service user-led organisation supporting all people affected by personality disorder including service users, carers, family and friends and professionals.
Dr Neil Gordon, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University
Jessica Edwards, Hope Street Films - UK Impact Producer