Summary: A documentary on "deinstitutionalization" of the mentally ill in the United States, including the problems of community mental health care and a look at three successful community alternatives that provide supportive after-care for discharged mental patients
"While David is working at the local video store he overhears his friend Nick being fired. Nick is HIV+. Word spreads quickly in the small town. David and his friends are challenged by their fear of AIDS, homophobia and discrimination."
Recommended for grades 11, 12, 13, post-secondary and community development.
Audience: Grades 10 - 12. Not much actual content on the diseases themselves, more focused on their effects on the young people who contract them. Stresses the need for communication between partners, with the emphasis that protecting yourself is more important than trusting other people. Instructional notes includes discussion questions, reference / fact sheets, internet resources & organizations & a quiz as reproducible masters.
"A drama depicting a young native man caught between the fast-paced world of the city streets and his culture and family.
Returning home to a rural Indian reserve after some time in prison and on the streets, Mike is persuaded by his wife to attend an AIDS information workshop. Realizing the seriousness of his past high-risk behaviour, Mike decides to go for an AIDS test. With the support of his grandfather, a nurse, and his wife Doreen, Mike begins to understand the need for a change in his life.
We learn that there is more to AIDS prevention than the correct use of condoms: individuals must examine their own lifestyles and sexual practices and determine what changes might be necessary to ensure good health in their lives."