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. Jeffrey Borenstein aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope. The series focuses on common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories, as well as, experts sharing cutting edge information, including new approaches and next-generation therapies in diagnostics, treatment and research.
The Emmy nominated series is produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, presented by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), and distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA). Funding is provided by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund, and the John & Polly Sparks Foundation.
SEASON 8 is now available nationally on PBS.org.
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Donna Morgan, mother of Simone Battle of pop group G.R.L., speaks publicly for the first time about the loss of her daughter to suicide. Suicide prevention expert Maria Oquendo M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry/vice chair for education at Columbia University and director of residency training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, discusses the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and neurobiology of suicidal behavior.
Super Bowl XLI champion linebacker Keith O’Neil speaks candidly about his personal experience living with bipolar disorder, the symptoms that began in childhood and continued into adulthood, and how he is successfully managing his treatment and working as a mental health advocate. Robert M.A. Hirschfield M.D., Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Psychiatry, shares important advice about treatment.
Brian Wilson, legendary musician and Beach Boys co-founder, speaks about his lifelong struggle with mental illness and his collaboration with the Campaign to Change Direction, which educates the public about warning signs of mental illness. Wilson is joined by Bill Pohlad, producer/director of the Wilson biopic Love & Mercy; actor Paul Dano, who portrayed the young Brian Wilson in the film; and Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, founder of the Campaign to Change Direction.
The former U.S. Representative (D-RI), now a leading mental health advocate, shares his experience living with bipolar disorder and addiction, and his journey toward recovery. Kennedy discusses his memoir, A Common Struggle, which explores his family’s history of mental illness and the stigma of “family secrets.”
The former U.S. Representative (D-RI), now a leading mental health advocate, shares his experience living with bipolar disorder and addiction, and his journey toward recovery. Kennedy reveals for the first time how his relationships with his father, wife, and children impacted how he has handled his own mental illness.
New York State Mental Health Commissioner Ann M. Sullivan, M.D. discusses efforts to improve health systems including family centered care for children, early diagnosis, and treatment. Ian Boeckh, president of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, works in the memory of his brother, who had schizophrenia, to bring about transformational changes to improve the lives of people with or at risk of mental illness.
Leading experts discuss how to better assist returning service members including treatments for post-traumatic stress, depression, and suicide prevention. With Matthew J. Friedman, MD, senior advisor, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD; Marianne Goodman, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, School of Medicine, Mount Sinai; and New York State Senator Thomas D. Croci (R-Third District), himself a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A young man diagnosed at age 15 and now in his early 20’s shares his experience living with schizophrenia. Leading schizophrenia expert Patrick McGorry, M.D., Ph.D., shares insights about his groundbreaking work on safe, effective treatments for young people with psychotic and severe mood disorders. Dr. McGorry is the founder of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation in Australia.
Leading brain researcher Robert Freedman, M.D. discusses new treatments and methods of prevention for schizophrenia, including medical trials for nutritional supplements in utero. Freedman is editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Superintendent, Colorado Psychiatric Hospital at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.
The Honorable Steven Leifman, Criminal Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida discusses programs helping people who become involved in the criminal justice system as a result of an untreated or inadequately treated psychiatric condition.
Exploring the relationship between mental illness and violence, and how science and public perception differ. Noted experts Lloyd Sederer, M.D. of the New York State Office of Mental Health; and Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; discuss.
The ground-shifting research of Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., on how a mother’s depression impacts her child’s mental health has led to a better understanding of the biology of depression and how to prevent it in the next generation. Weissman is professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and chief of the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, MD, earned the prize in medicine for his research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. Dr. Kandel, professor of neuroscience, physiology and cellular biophysics at Columbia University, shares his most recent findings about age-associated memory loss and discoveries that may lead to new treatments for post-traumatic stress.