Schizophrenia in Focus Presented by Psychiatrist/Writer/Film Director David Laing Dawson

Dr David Laing Dawson, a psychiatrist and film director of documentaries on serious mental illness as well as an internationally known writer, will be giving a presentation to the Home on the Hill Agency in Richmond Hill on October 1, 2013
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DUNDAS, Ontario - Sept. 25, 2013 - PRLog -- Home on the Hill Supportive Housing ( in Richmond Hill, Ontario hosts a regular speakers series for the citizens of Richmond Hill and York Region who are interested in serious mental illness. The aim of the agency is to provide a quality home environment for people living with serious mental illness in their community by changing the way people are supported.

The October 1 presentation is by Dr David Laing Dawson (, the former psychiatrist in chief at Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital and professor of psyhchiatry at McMaster University. Dawson is also an accomplished author and film producer/director.

In addition to his academic texts, Schizophrenia in Focus and Relationship Management of the Borderline Patient, Dawson is the author of  six works of fiction (four of which are published or republished by Bridgeross), two plays and a number of films.

His latest novel, Don't Look Down and releared in 2009 received four stars on Amazon and was described as taking readers into the dramatic life of Psychiatric Hospital patients!

Slide in All Direction which came out in 2008 was described as being a cross between Elmore Leonard and a Seinfeld episode on Amazon.

His earlier fiction books some of which have been translated into eight different languages are Essondale, The Intern, Last Rights and Double Blind.

Here Not There and My Name is Walter James Cross - Two Plays
, was released in 2012 and combines the play version of his film docudrama, Walter, and a new play Here Not There which was performed at the Hamilton Fringe Festival in 2012.  His latest play, Modern Times, will be premiered November 28, 29 and 30 at he Pearl Company in Hamilton, ON (tickets available on their website).

Dawson is also the author of The Adolescent Owner's Manual ( which Library Journal described as "Dawson's understated sense of humor translates well to text. While there are a plethora of books available on parenting teens, his to-the-pointness recommends this for busy readers."

To illustrate mental illness, Dawson has been writing, producing and directing films for a number of years. Four are currently available on Amazon either via streaming or as DVDs. These are:

Schizophrenia in Focus is a 54 minute documentary that uses excerpts from his previous writings and films, dramatizations and first person accounts, as well as an interview with Dr Richard O'Reilly, a professor of psychiatry at the University of  Western Ontario. The film explores the nature of this disease.

The Brush, The Pen and Recovery is a 33 minute documentary on an art program for people with schizoprhenia in Hamilton, ON. This film is distributed exclusively in Canada by Moving Images in Vancouver but is available outside Canada on Amazon

My Name is Walter James Cross is a 56 minute docudrama monologue. Walter tried to kill himself and failed, so he decided to tell his story instead. Finding an abandoned theater, he stands on the stage alone and recounts his descent into mental illness, into schizophrenia

Cutting For Stone is a full length feature film which is an engrossing psychological thriller and an accurate and honest depiction of serious mental illness. Critics have called this film which stars Domenic Zamprogna of General Hosptial as riveting and a far truer and rawer description of schizophrenia than you have seen before.

Walter has been shown on TV Ontario, at the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto, and at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference.

The Brush had its premier at St Joseph's Health Science in Hamilton and has been shown at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Conference, The Canadian Mental Health Association Annual Conference, The Hamilton Film Festival and at the Culture Unplugged Internation Film Festival.

Cutting For Stone premiered at the Montreal International Film Festival, has been screened at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference and is a recipient of the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival.

Dr Dawson's presentation will take place at the Chapel in St. Mary’s Anglican Church at 10030 Yonge, Richmond Hill at the intersection of Yonge and Major Mackenzie at 7:00 PM on October 1.  Parking can be accessed at McLatchy Lane on Major Mackenzie just west of Yonge on the north side.

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