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Nova Southeastern University to Screen the Film “Lift the Mask Portraits of Life with Mental Illness”


Nova Southeastern University (NSU), in partnership with The Quell Foundation, will premiere the film, “Lift the Mask Portraits of Life with Mental Illness,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 2 in the Knight Auditorium. The film features the often harrowing and sometimes hopeful stories of six individuals living with behavioral and mental health diagnoses.

Shelley Green, Ph.D.

Shelley Green, Ph.D.

The Knight Auditorium is located in the Carl DeSantis Building on NSU’S Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus, 33301 College Ave.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately one in five adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. In South Florida, where communities have been devastated by recent events, there is a need to bring awareness to and break down the stigma of mental illness.

As part of this free screening, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with John Stanley, the film’s producer, and the individuals featured in the documentary. Plus, guests will meet with Marc D’Agostino, the director of the movie, as well as Kevin Lynch, CEO of The Quell Foundation, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group that is dedicated to eliminating the stigma connected to mental health treatment.

Also on hand will be Professor Shelley Green, Ph. D. of NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Through a grant received from The Quell Foundation, Dr. Green is currently researching the effectiveness of equine therapy on at-risk boys.

The event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited. To reserve a seat, guests must register online (

Media interested in interviewing Kevin Lynch should contact Renee Wilk, executive director of The Quell Foundation, at or 860-941-8283.


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit


March 29, 2018

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Tasha Yohan