Preckwinkle coming to Schaumburg for film screening, discussion on mental health
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Kevin Morrison are planning an upcoming screening of a new documentary and discussion on mental health in Schaumburg.
The event was originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 24, at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts, but officials later postponed it due to the rise of the omicron variant. Preckwinkle's office is postponing all nonessential, in-person events through the end of January, but plans to reschedule.
When they do, the two elected officials will be joined by filmmaker Margaret Byrne, whose documentary titled "Any Given Day" tracks the lives of three participants in a county mental health court probation program.
During the filming, Byrne is forced to reckon with her own history of mental illness as she confronts one of the most difficult periods of her life, culminating in a hospitalization for depression, according to the film's website.
Byrne weaves her story into the film as she profiles the three subjects' triumphs and struggles over the course of five years.
The film screening will be followed by a roundtable discussion about mental health. Panelists will be Preckwinkle, Morrison, Byrne and mental health professionals including Grace Hong Duffin of the Elk Grove Village-based Kenneth Young Center.
The event comes as the county board this week votes on a plan to use federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars for mental and behavioral health services throughout the county.
RSVP is not required for the event, when it is rescheduled, but strongly encouraged at eventbrite.com/e/any-given-day-documentary-screening-and-discussion-tickets-234471589837.