We are a globally aligned network of passionate mental health advocates, STE experiencers and supporters in collaboration with expert professionals who support our mission to produce media that matters.

June 5, 2023 Global Team Meeting with Bob Whitaker. Topic:  Why does Bob think a class action suit is appropriate now?

Meeting conversation on: :  Psychiatry, Fraud, and the Case for a Class-Action Lawsuit – Mad In America.

To be added:

  • Journalist/Public Relations expert
  • College student film intern
  • Celebrity endorsement/partner who is an advocate for mental health.
  • Law firm funder/sponsor

Brian Nitto, Producer, Director

Owner, BKN Films, LLC  Video Production | BKN Films Creative Visionary | Content Innovator | Broadcast & Digital Media Specialist | Live & Virtual Event Professional

Galen is a former trial attorney, mediator, investigator. He worked for the Attorney General and in Private Practice, and his cases were featured on CNN and in the Academy Award nominated “Gasland.” He left law to help teams create great films.

Calvin Chatlos, MD

Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. INVESTOR

Nadine Denneth, UK

LLM Medical Law & Ethics (Distinction). Nadine’s ambition is to begin the journey of qualifying as a solicitor so she can help others to achieve justice for the harm caused once a person receives biological intervention(s) for their mental ‘disorder’. 

Marlena Kolesinska

North Carolina

Lived experience at 21 years old in 2020. Bachelor’s in Physics, B.A. and Psychology, B.S.

Michael Garbe, Doctor of Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Specializes in incorporating spirituality into therapy. Michael has had firsthand spiritually transformative experiences. Contact | Spiritual Emergency 

Commentary on being supported by Rutgers University to research spiritual emergence & spiritual emergency.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h0h4QuQoTlCLfo7cZChr4YW7Nk3zsq92/view?usp=sharing

Cultural Facts Spiritual Competency  2:26  Posted on Team pg


Elizabeth Sabet, PCC, ACSLC. President, CEO and Lead Instructor, The Institute of Transformational and Transpersonal Coaching. Board Member, American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE)

Gogo Ekhaya Esima

Mental Health Recovery Specialist. Traditional South African Sangoma Healer. Lived experience.

Featured in CrazyWise & Emerging Proud films.  https://www.sangomahealing.com/ Gogo Ekhaya Esima | Facebook  Intentional Peer Support | Facebook   (5) Gogo Ekhaya Esima: Emerging Proud from the Spiritual Closet – YouTube

(5) Gogo Ekhaya Esima Keynote Address – YouTube

Sean Blackwell


Bipolar Awakenings – Healing for Bipolar Disorder

May-May Meijer, PhD Netherlands

Lived experience


Brooke Siem

Author, May Cause Side Effects

Writer whose work on antidepressant withdrawal has appeared in The Washington Post, New York Post, Psychology Today, and more. Her debut memoir, MAY CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS is the first book on antidepressant withdrawal to hit the mass-market, a notable milestone in the journey to bring global awareness to antidepressant withdrawal. She is also an award-winning chef and Food Network “Chopped” Champion and founder of the newsletter, Happiness Is A Skill

Denise Maratos

PhD, Clinical Psychology/Depth Psychology Emphasis. Psychotherapist, Consultant and Coach. Lived experience.

Colleen DeJoseph

Ph.D.  Dissertation: “Psychiatric Misdiagnosis: When Anomalous Spiritual Experiences are Needlessly Pathologized”. [email protected]

Colleen is a project coordinator on the documentary and special interest group leader for all PhD dissertation conversations and recordings.

Jessica-Sophie Corneille

Research psychologist focusing on altered states of consciousness. London, England. EPRC research 

Matt Marin Chapelli. Actor. Lived experience. (3) Matt Marín – YouTube

Laura Lee Scott

Lived experience.

Add 2022 presentation.

Laura Lee Scott is an award-winning writer, poet, and volunteer/advocate who provides inspirational author visits and workshops intended to help people from all walks of life be the change they wish to see.  A mother of two college-aged sons and member of The Authors’ Guild and Willamette Writers, Laura enjoys serving as “writer in resident” in local area schools and working with marginalized and stigmatized groups like the houseless, the impoverished, the elderly, and those labeled with various diagnoses of “mental illness.”  (3) Laura Lee Scott – YouTube

Laura Lee Scott, Owner, Passionflower Press. Author of 3 award winning children’s books. Lived experience.


 South African Joshua Roberts

  • Neurodivergent (bipolar 1)
  • BA Psychology, MA Theology
  • COO of Inspired Mind Mental Health LLC
  • Works with (yet not representing) NAMI San Diego & Imperial Counties, Interfaith, Wings Recovery
  • Part of National Empowerment Center Webinar Series: Compassionate Approaches to Crisis tinyurl.com/NeurodiversityGiftsWebinar
Joshua Roberts credentials & introduction

Tawanda Mutsigwa

Cape Town, South Africa 

Introduced by Joshua Roberts

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager | Independent Business Consultant | Business Management Lecturer | Founder of Fruit of the Spirit Ministries. Christian pastor.


Brown Masingati


Introduced by Joshua Roberts

Malawian pastor who connects with Shaman and is a community activist. Community Development Officer, Partners in Action for Sustainable development. Collaborating with Bret & Hilary on A Taste of Wonderland. (4) brown masingati | LinkedIn

Brown shares a story of his brother who was institutionalized and treated horribly and eventually freed and healed through the intervention of a Shaman.

Jen Macdonald

Hear Jen’s story (3) The Spiritual Experiences of Jen Macdonald | Bipolar Awakenings Podcast #9 – YouTube

Jen Macdonald court room testimony for Calling God to the Witness Stand.

“I am beyond impressed and grateful. What you are doing will alter the way spirituality transformative experiences are treated in psychiatric services and the mainstream forever. It will empower experiencers to go forward using their voices to continue to impact change. I am certain it will be shown to psychiatrists, psychologists, and psych nurses in their training in the future. Especially given the fact that we are seeing a growing number of people presenting with altered and extreme states of consciousness. This is very much a hot topic with global interest.”  Jen Macdonald.

Manpreet Pannu – India

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Bret Warshawsky

Futurist, Artivist, Innovator, Spiritual Philanthropist and Entertainer (https://linktr.ee/bretwarshawsky)

Bret Warshawsky credentials & introduction.

Benjamin Casteillo

Bali, Indonesia

Transdisciplinary Research & Education to Pioneer Global Sustainability with Human Solutions. Master’s degree, International Business.

Lived experience. Following a series of spiritual emergencies, Benjamin quit his corporate career to focus on global sustainability.  Since then, he has dedicated himself to finding solutions to uncover and treat the hidden root causes of the problem. He is the founder of New World Together, a Transdisciplinary Research and Education project pioneering Global Sustainability through the expansion of human consciousness.

Lucy Valentine

A former teacher, a whistleblower who survived two decades of retaliation via psychiatric defamation.  Her specific interest is in the revocation of qualified immunity in mental health cases for people involved with law enforcement and psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, as well as for people who make false reports to emergency services resulting in illegal detainment, false imprisonment and injury to the spirit, mind and body of targeted individuals.


We are supported by witnesses who experienced elements of the actual true stories in the movie & others who have lived experience in the mental health system with loved ones.

Greg Roberts

Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students Hilbert College.

Fictionalized character: Robert Gregorio. Greg’s character will also be in Spy in the House of Crazy & Call Me Bipolar Do You.

“This book has to be written. I really support your ‘Rethinking Mental Health’ program and believe it has merit.  Thanks for all you do to advance healthy student growth and development.”   Gregory Roberts, Ed.S.  Executive Director  ACPA, National Center for Higher Education, Washington, DC.  2005

Gregory Roberts, Ed.S., Executive Director, ACPA. Reviewing the 1979 Spiritual Emergency at TSC on March 12, 2005. 3 months prior to Bergen Regional.

Greg: “No you didn’t tell me about the spiritual framework you were operating from in 1979.  I just believed in you so much.  If you would have told me your spiritual framework things would have taken a different course.” 

Washington Dc has just emailed me prior to my presentation on Wall Street in 2005. “The Executive Director of ACPA and Stacey Pearson, Executive Director Chair, Commission of Counseling Psychological Services in Washington DC currently, Director Training University Michigan are very interested to partner with Janet Werner on the delivery of services and tools that will ease the college student’s mental health journey specifically around spiritual emergency research. 2005. Presented on Wall Street. 6/17/2005.

How might we care for the emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, spiritual and social health of our college students? Inquiry to Janet from Greg Roberts, Executive Director, American College Personnel Association, to Janet Werner, March 12, 2005.

1980 TCNJ M.Ed graduation 6 months after hospitalization.

John Griffith, Actor and

Founder, Griffith Training Consultants

Hilary Van Welter

Author, Filmmaker, Futurist, Strategist, Designer, Adventurer and Master Healer

“Well done Janet.. You have held the course for over 40 years and the portal is now truly open in 2022.”

Chief Exploration Officer of Ascentia (www.ascentia.ca)

Co-Founder of the Mad Hatter Summit (http://www.madhattersummit.com/) and Call to the Mothers (www.calltothemothers.com); Radical Reimagining of Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction

Hilary Van Welter testimonial

TEAM Meetings

May 2/2023
0 to 1:05 Envisioned impact of the movie project 1:05 Investor/Producer financial logistics. 1:14 Hilary StoryLiving Studios
Monthly Global Collaboration Team Meeting with Galen, Bret, Stacey, Hilary, Matt, Deb, Janet & Dr. Chatlos
Our team collaborator, Galen Trine-McMahan Esq. provides insight into the legal perspective around our movie.
Discussion: Heroine v Hero Journey model for storytelling. Heroine’s journey – Wikipedia

Janet, Bret, Deb & Hilary

Dr. Lukoff, Jim Gottstein, Dr. Michael Garbe, Dr. Calvin, Hilary Van Welter, Deb Ortiz, Janet Werner

Calvin, Janet, Manpreet, Hilary, John, Bret, Deb. 12/28/22