Unbroken

"Unbroken" is a self-portrait by Canadian born Jaene Castrillon.  Jaene is a queer woman of Chinese Colombian ancestry with a variety of physical and psychiatric disabilities.  Through this film Jaene explores the idea of truimph over trauma.  Her philosophy is to live a life less ordinary. 

As a survivor of most everything including: child abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), self harm, eating disorders, multiple suicide attempts, addictions, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorder, PTSD, depression, being in a group home, self harm, psychiatric surviver, sex worker, being street involved; She also lived through a multitude of physical and sexual violence from gang-rapes to domestic violence causing serious long term injury.

Jaene has survived it all, lived to tell and has a fierce determination for positive self representation of marginalized people in the media.  Jaene uses Art to create a healthy environment for dialogue on the intersectionality between wellness and illness.

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Borderline Personality Disorder

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Depression

Depression causes severe, negative changes in the way you think and feel which makes it difficult to manage day-to-day tasks and activities such working, sleeping,...

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a group of conditions that cause serious emotional and physical problems, involving extreme food and weight issues. There are many types of...

Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is a process that involves finding balance in life, including your social, intellectual, physical (diet, exercise, medication management, substance use), spiritual, economic and...

Stigma

Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...

Substance Use Disorder

Substance abuse refers to the harmful use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and drugs. Substance use can lead to addiction and dependence, creating a condition...

Suicide

Suicidality can be experienced by anyone, and it could be part of mental illness diagnosis or not. Approximately 90% of individuals who die by suicide...

Trauma & PTSD

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