Melissa Parker

UPDATED Oct. 14: The local organization Healing Options for Post-traumatic Experiences (HOPE) plans to host a short film screening Monday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave.

The film set to be featured that night is "Petals of a Rose," a 15 minute production about the accurate portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). The goal of this screening is to promote destigmatization surrounding the disorder.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, DID is associated with overwhelming experiences, traumatic events and/or abuse that occurred in childhood. A well-known but often stigmatized symptom of the disorder includes the existence of two or more distinct identities accompanied by changes in behavior, memory and thinking within a patient. 

There is expected to be a Q&A at this event with the filmmakers as well as therapists. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

HOPE says that it was established in 2020 with the mission of supporting individuals impacted by trauma by creating positive, progressive and lasting changes in their lives and communities. 

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This news announcement was published Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, based on information from the local HOPE organization. It was updated Oct. 14 to add in information about the duration of the film.