‘Beyond the Silence’, a film by William Michael Barbee, a Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris County board member, was inspired to create a film based on his own life and raise awareness about the issues facing the mentally ill.

“What I had to do was put my truths inside of a fictitious character.” Barbee said. It’s a plea for us to go beyond the silence – the stigma – and understand the mentally ill.

In May, ‘Beyond the Silence’ will debut at the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.