Healthy Minds Public Television Series

One in five people has a diagnosable mental disorder, but often fear and shame prevent people from seeking help. Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeff Borenstein aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope. The series humanizes common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories as well as experts sharing cutting edge information about diagnosis and treatment. Topics for the series’ fourth season include suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and motherhood, and the mental health issues faced by our veterans.

Series is produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Presenter: Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)


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401 - Suicide Prevention

The challenges of identifying those at risk of suicide with a focus on young people; the future of medical tests for prevention; removing the stigma of sharing suicidal thoughts; understanding a family’s tragedy gives others hope.

Season 4 Episodes:

  • 401 Suicide Prevention
  • 402 Living with Bipolar Disorder
  • 403 Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy
  • 404 Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part One)
  • 405 Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part Two)
  • 406 Supporting the Mental Health of our Veterans
  • 407 Schizophrenia and Youth (Part One)
  • 408 Schizophrenia and Youth (Part Two)
  • 409 Schizophrenia: Potential Breakthroughs, Treatment, and Prevention
  • 410 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • 411 Violence and Mental Illness
  • 412 Depression and Motherhood
  • 413 Memory
  • 414 Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Future

After each episode airs, full-length expert interview bonus footage will be available here.


National Institute of Mental Health – NIMH
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -  SAMHSA
SAMHSA is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Mental Health America - MHA
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP was created to raise awareness, offer support, fund research and call for action in regard to advancing a national response to the problem of suicide.

World Health Organization – WHO
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health

U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs - National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

Campaign to Change Direction
The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve.