Film Follows Singer Meg Hutchinson's Journey Living With Bipolar Disorder

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Meg Hutchinson meditates in the Berkshire Mountains. (Courtesy, Ezzie Films and Blue Star Media)
Meg Hutchinson meditates in the Berkshire Mountains. (Courtesy, Ezzie Films and Blue Star Media)

Meg Hutchinson is well known as a Massachusetts-based folk singer and songwriter who has struggled with mental illness. Nine years ago, she suffered what can only be called a frightening break with reality. Her younger sister, Tessa, checked Meg into a hospital, where she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

It was a turning point in Hutchinson's journey of understanding, and accepting, her struggle with the illness, which is featured in the new documentary "Pack Up Your Sorrows: A Story of Illness, Hope & Transformation."

The Boston premiere of "Pack Up Your Sorrows" is at the Regent Theater in Arlington Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.


Meg Hutchinson, singer-songwriter.


National Institute Of Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder In Adults

  • "People with bipolar disorder experience unusually intense emotional states that occur in distinct periods called "mood episodes." Each mood episode represents a drastic change from a person's usual mood and behavior."

National Institute Of Mental Health: Suicide Prevention
If you are thinking about harming yourself, or know someone who is, tell someone who can help immediately.

  • Call your doctor.
  • Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help or ask a friend or family member to help you do these things.
  • Make sure you or the suicidal person is not left alone.

The New Yorker: Jumpers: The Fatal Grandeur Of The Golden Gate Bridge

  • "Kevin Briggs, a friendly, sandy-haired motorcycle patrolman ... told me that he starts talking to a potential jumper by asking, 'How are you feeling today?' Then, 'What’s your plan for tomorrow?' If the person doesn’t have a plan, Briggs says, 'Well, let’s make one. If it doesn’t work out, you can always come back here later.'"

This segment aired on June 18, 2015.


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