Charleston native Lloyd Hale is one of three people profiled in a Beyond Silence, new documentary, produced by singer / entertainer Demi Lovato, in which they talk openly about their mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Lovato, who was diagnosed with bipoloar disorder in 2011, hopes that the documentary raises awareness and inspires more dialogue about mental illness.
Hale began hearing voices when he was just 13. In 1996, during a hallucination, he committed murder, and was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity. After two years in county jail and 22 months in the state mental hospital, Hale works full-time as a certified peer support counselor at the Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center and is a husband and father.
Watch Beyond Silence here.