Living WITHOUT Mental Illness

A recovery story from an illness so severe, doctors wrote him off and told his wife to leave their marriage
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Sean Miller
Health
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada
3 Team Members

Sean's Battle with Mental Illness 

  My story started out similar to the millions of people around the globe that suffer with mental illness and like them the only answers I ever found were written on a prescription pad.  

  After self-harm, a call to 911 and multiple hospitalizations (spanning a decade) a doctor informed me in 2005 that arrangements were being made to place me in a chronic care unit. What I didn’t know at the time was that a doctor and a social worker were trying to encourage my wife, Doris, to leave our marriage. They told her she was young and still had a long life ahead of her – one that should not include me or my illness.

  According to my healthcare providers, my symptoms were too severe, I was not responding well to treatments, and I had been sick for too long to ever consider the possibility of recovery. I was told I would just have to live with the illness.

Finding the Answers

  Then, in 2006, my wife and I found a medical doctor, (New York Times bestselling author and recent guest on the Dr Oz showDr. Don Colbert, who had the answers we were looking for – answers found in a type of therapy based on neuroscience research and testing.

  Thanks to the test results, for the first time I was able to see lab values that correlated to what I was experiencing.

  Dr Colbert and I worked together for almost five years to become what I am today – symptom and medication-free – and now I am determined to share my story for the benefit of others. 

What We Need

  Invariably, people reach out to us for help whenever we share our story. We have the answers that can help people recover-we need your help to share them. Your giving helps create opportunities to provide these answers.  

  We are filming a documentary that details the methods used to take me from severe illness to total wellness. It features interviews with the scientists and medical professionals who played a role in my recovery (see below for more details). A documentary is the most effective way for us to reach a wide audience in a short period of time.   

  The minimum cost to produce a professional documentary is $15,000 which includes:

  • Traveling

  • Writing 

  • Filming 

  • Producing
     
  • Marketing 

  • Distributing 

  • Hosting the documentary online

  Contributions above our goal will be used for:

  • Editing the footage for television networks, radio stations and post-secondary institutions 

  • Creating podcasts from additional content not used in the documentary

  • Covering travel costs to meet with Canadian government officials/policy makers. We have already met with a local party leader and will be accepting an invitation to meet in Ottawa with another member of parliament 

  We will connect with you and keep you updated on a regular basis via this site, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as we move through the production phase (see social media links below). 

What’s In It for You?

  Partnering with us creates the opportunity for you to:

  • see candid team photos;

  • view segments of the documentary before public release;

  • see content not available to the public;

  • receive signed DVD(s) of the documentary;

  • receive a personal phone or video call from us;

  • be a film extra;

  • receive round-trip airfare to Winnipeg, Manitoba to spend an evening with us; and,

  • have your name appear in the documentary’s credits and Thrive Mental Health website

  For complete perk details, please see the right side of this page. 

The Team

  In addition to our telling of the story, we have been traveling within Canada and the United States to film interviews with the following scientists and medical professionals:

Dr. Gottfried Kellermann (chairman, CEO and founder of NeuroScience Inc.)

Dr. Gottfried Kellermann

Dr. Kelly Olson (pharmacologist and neuroscience expert)

Dr. Kelly Olson

 Dr. Stewart Wakeman (psychiatrist and university professor)

 Dr. Stewart Wakeman

Dr. Don Colbert (medical doctor and New York Times best-selling author)

Dr. Don Colbert

  The eyes behind the lens belong to Dave Wowchuk (cinematographer, director of photography, producer and owner of Artisan Media). Dave brings a high caliber of expertise to the project from a wealth of experience working with clients such as; TSN, NBC/Universal Entertainment, the History Channel and HGTV (to name a few). 

Other ways you can help 

  In addition to donating financially or if you cannot afford to donate, one of the best ways you can help us is to spread the news about this campaign. Please share the links displayed at the bottom of this page with everyone you know that would be willing to help. 

  People have a right to the hope that awareness creates, so please, give generously and help us to provide opportunity for change in the lives of those with mental illness. Let’s enable as many of our friends and family members as we can to live without it.

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  • $1USD
    Personal Email

    A personal thank you email from the grateful couple in the promo video.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $10USD
    A Sneak Peak

    A link to an exclusive 'thank you' video and documentary trailer prior to public release plus the above.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $25USD
    You Get the Memo

    Hand written thank you memo, all the above PLUS the first 175 people to donate $25 or more will receive a silicone "Thrive Mental Health" wristband.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    Your Name in Lights

    For $50 we would be happy to list you in a special thank you section of the documentary credits with a serving of the above perks on the side.

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  • $75USD
    We'll Sign and Shout

    We'll send you a signed documentary DVD and issue a personal shout-out via social media (Twitter, Facebook and website blog).

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $100USD
    Signed DVD and Team Photos

    A signed documentary DVD, "behind the scenes" photos of the team, and your name included in the documentary credits. (please add $5 for shipments outside of Canada)

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  • $200USD
    You Give, Charity Gets

    Donate $200 to this campaign and we will make a $50 donation in your name to one of the two charities listed below. You give, you choose, charity gets! 1. Siloam Mission: www.siloam.ca 2. Mindful Charity: www.mindfulcharity.ca Plus, you will also receive a signed copy of the documentary DVD *Please indicate your preference in the comments section (mum's the word if you check the "keep private" box). If you would like us to choose, leave comment blank.

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  • $250USD
    Can We Get Your Number?

    One of our favourites! Connect with Sean and Doris personally via phone/Skype video call plus the signed DVD, thank you in our blog and documentary credits.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500USD
    Exclusive Content & More

    You will receive a link to exclusive content from our B-roll shoot day, plus: 2 signed DVDs, a personal phone/Skype video call, and a Thank You cube engraved with our company logo. (please add $10 for shipping outside of Canada)

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  • $1,000USD
    Film Extra!

    A fun-filled, action-packed day of hanging with us on the set and having your face appear in the documentary. You will also get 2 DVDs, the Thank You cube and a tonne of hugs (yes, we weighed them). A link will be provided to view some of the shoot day antics. We will post photos from the day on various social media sites. We'll provide the location details; you'll provide your acting skills and the means for arrival on set (food and travel costs not covered).

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  • $10,000USD
    Meet, Greet and Eat

    Donor will be flown round trip to Winnipeg for a dinner out with Sean and Doris Miller and Dave Wowchuk (plus 4 signed DVDs, Thank You cube, and pictures from the night on the town). Limited to residents of and flights within North America on airline and seating of our choice. Cost of airfare and dinner included only (subsequent to receipt of funds).

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