Mauro Ranallo chuckled as he gazed down at the table. His iPhone lay before him, wrapped in a case with “Stigma Free” written across it. He uses words to make a living as a broadcaster, so he took a moment to gather them.
For a decade, Ranallo allowed a close friend to shadow him in hopes of helping to shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness. The process was arduous; the camera captured a bare-chested Ranallo weeping inside hotel rooms, growling at himself with rage and pounding his keyboard in euphoria. Watching the film made him uncomfortable. And now, over lunch, Ranallo fretted about what would happen next.