Public Television Series Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein Nominated for a New York Emmy® Award

Posted: March 1, 2018

Fifth Season, Now Available to Watch Online, Features Inspiring Personal Stories and the Latest Research on Opioid Addiction, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Schizophrenia, Depression, and Stress

NEW YORK CITY (March 1, 2018)— Season 5 of the public television series Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, which highlights common psychiatric conditions, is now available online at The program, just nominated for a 2018 Emmy® Award for best Public/Current/Community Affairs: Series, aims to remove the stigma of mental illness, educate the public and offer a message of hope by shedding light on common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories and experts sharing cutting edge information on treatment. This season examines some of the most pressing public health issues including the opioid epidemic, traumatic brain injuries and concussions, and the rising rate of anxiety and other mental health issues affecting our youth.

Season five of the Telly-Award winning and Emmy-nominated series features 15, half-hour episodes airing on public television stations across the nation. It is produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, presented by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), and distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). The series rolled out nationally beginning on January 4 (check local listings). Episodes are being made available online after they air in local markets. Viewers can find the show in local markets by searching for Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein on their local station website, at, or by visiting the following link.

 “One in five people suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, and when we openly discuss mental health issues such as the opioid epidemic and youth anxiety, it goes a long way toward lessening the fear and shame that often prevent people from seeking help,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the nation’s largest private funder of mental health research grants, who developed the series and serves as its host. He also is Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association, and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “The goal of Healthy Minds is to inspire conversations about mental illness, and provide understandable information and resources for our viewers. People should not suffer in silence, because with help, there is hope.”

Topics for the series include Youth and Mental Wellness; a two-part program on New Treatments for Youth Anxiety; the Opioid epidemicWhat Every Family Needs to Know; ConcussionHow to Protect Your Brain; Living with Bipolar Disorder; SchizophreniaNew Approaches to Recovery; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Technology and Mental Health; Post-Partum Depression; Research and Evidence-Based Treatment; Youth and Mental Health–Early Intervention; Refractory Depression; Managing Stress; and Brain Science and Art.

To view the series trailer and photos visit

Episode topics are:

Youth and Mental Wellness: Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation:

Lady Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, discusses her family’s foundation for young people suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD, inspired by her daughter’s own struggle. With Born This Way Foundation executive director Maya Enista Smith.

New Treatments for Youth Anxiety (Part 1):

Anxiety is the most common psychiatric symptom in children, adolescents and young adults, and new approaches to diagnosis and treatment offer hope. A discussion with leaders in the field includes Herbert Pardes, M.D., executive director of New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Youth Anxiety Center; Lisa Maria Falcone, director of educational outreach and advancement at New York-Presbyterian’s Youth Anxiety Center; Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP, co-clinical director of Columbia University’s Youth Anxiety Center; and Francis Lee, M.D., Ph.D., co-research director at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Youth Anxiety Center.

New Treatments for Youth Anxiety (Part 2):

Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP, co-clinical director of Columbia University’s Youth Anxiety Center; and Francis Lee, M.D., Ph.D., co-research director at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Youth Anxiety Center offer parents guidelines to recognize symptoms and behaviors related to anxiety in children, adolescents and young adults.

Opioid Epidemic: What Every Family Needs To Know:

America’s opioid crisis includes addiction to prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids with more than 90 people dying each day from an opioid overdose. Petros Levounis, M.D., Psychiatry Chair at Rutgers Medical School discusses prevention and recovery.


Concussion: How To Protect Your Brain:

Forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu, M.D., founder of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and portrayed by Will Smith in Concussion, discusses his life’s work.

Living with Bipolar Disorder:

Filmmaker Paul Dalio’s personal experience living with bipolar disorder and how it inspired the making of his first feature film, Touched with Fire.

Schizophrenia: New Approaches to Recovery:

Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses cutting-edge treatments for schizophrenia, including medications, psychotherapy, cognitive remediation and case management that; when used in combination, these treatments help people live full, productive lives.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:

New research will transform the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Translational OCD Research Program at Stanford Medicine, explains the latest research, including potential rapid acting medication.

Technology and Mental Health:

Tom Insel, M.D., former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, explains how social media and smartphone technologies can help people monitor themselves, their symptoms, and level of functioning that will be beneficial to mental health treatment.

Post-partum Depression:

One out of seven mothers experience post-partum depression, but not all are diagnosed and treated. Glenda Wrenn, M.D., director of the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity and Maureen Sayres Van Niel, M.D., founder and former director of the Harvard University Center for Parenting, offer insight for recognizing the symptoms and getting help.

Research and Evidence Based Treatment:

Following a diagnosis of a mental illness, patients and their families need to become informed consumers to evaluate recommended treatments and advocate for the best outcome. Harold Pincus, M.D., co-director of Columbia University’s Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, sheds light on patients’ most common concerns and explains how research improves treatment.

Youth and Mental Health—Early Intervention:

Early intervention by parents can be a major factor in children’s mental health. Ann M. Sullivan, M.D., commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health, explores strategies to recognize the signs and symptoms that distinguish mental health issues from normal adolescent behavior and discusses available treatment options.

Refractory Depression:

New approaches offer hope for those suffering from treatment-resistant depression. Lisa A. Pan, M.D., professor of psychiatry and clinical translational science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, explains the latest options.


Managing Stress:

One of the most common mental health issues can be relieved with a lifestyle plan that includes physical as well as mental health. Lloyd Sederer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, offers specific steps to manage stress and maintain health.

Brain Science and Art:

Nobel Laureate Eric R. Kandel, M.D.’s research explores how viewing art changes our brain.

About the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation:

For the past 30 years the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has been committed to alleviating the suffering of mental illness by awarding grants that lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The Foundation funds the most innovative ideas in neuroscience and psychiatry to better understand the causes and develop new ways to treat brain and behavior disorders. These disorders include addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $380 million to fund more than 5,500 grants to more than 4,500 leading scientists around the world. This has led to over $3.8 billion in additional funding for these scientists. The Foundation is also dedicated to educating the public about mental health and the importance of research, including the impact that new discoveries have on improving the lives of those with mental illness, which will ultimately enable people to live full, happy and productive lives. For more information, visit

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network:

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) is home to CPTV, WNPR, and the Learning Lab. CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs and educational programming. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. The Learning Lab serves high school seniors through a partnership with Hartford Public Schools and the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Media, a program that provides the men and women of our armed forces and adult learners an opportunity to learn skills necessary for the 21st century digital media workplace. For more information, visit

About The National Educational Telecommunications Association:

The National Educational Telecommunications Association is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Since 1967, the Association’s reason for existing has been to connect public television people and ideas, by providing quality programming, educational resources, professional development, management support, and national representation.