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Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Octavia Spencer are teaming up for a powerful Lifetime original movie about mental illness. “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” will delve into the stigmas often associated with mental illness as it “brings together an all-star ensemble cast with five interwoven stories about how everlasting bonds of love and family can overcome life’s most challenging hurdles.”

Jennifer Aniston serves as executive producer on the film and believes it’s necessary to erase some of the shame associated with mental illness: “When we started researching this topic, we were all surprised to learn that one in four adults lives with some sort of mental illness. With so many people dealing with this in their private lives, there is still so much stigma and shame. It’s time we bring it out of the closet and into the light of day.”

Nowhere is that more evident than in the black community, where mental illness is not always discussed or addressed in ways that are productive and healthy. Aniston, Hudson and Spencer are lending their names and expertise to “Call Me Crazy” to help get people talking about mental illness and the impact it has on our families.

The movie will make its TV debut on Saturday, April 20, at 8:00pm ET/PT on Lifetime. Will you tune in, Clutchettes?

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  • absolutely will be tuning in. awareness helps to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness. lord knows, there is more than enough stigma associated with these illnesses in our community.

  • Treece

    I most likely tune in at some point. If not on that night then I’ll catch a repeat. Mental illness in the Black community is definitely overlooked and we are the ones that do the overlooking. Especially when it comes to depression. I don’t know what roles Octavia Spencer and Jennifer Hudson will be playing in this movie, but hopefully they will help bring some of this to the fore-front.

  • The Other Jess

    Is this supposed to be an all-Black cast? Wonder why Jennifer Aniston didn’t choose to address mental illness across racial lines? What would make her want to write about mental illness in Black families instead of focusing on white families or, say, the Irish, which I think she is? Not only Black families deal with mental illness, and definitely not only Black women. Weird. Sorry, but I trust very little coming from white women about Black women.

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  • Katherine

    I’m so glad someone is doing this. I’ve lived with mental illness for 30 years. It is truly a challenging disease. I hope people can see the mentally ill in a different light after this.