According to the U.S. Surgeon General, one in five people have a diagnosable mental disorder1. For many families, the fear and shame associated with a diagnosis of mental illness can lead to isolation and suffering in silence. Premiering nationwide on public television October 2009 (check local listings), Healthy Minds aims to remove the stigma that can prevent patients and their families from seeking help. Each half–hour in the 16–episode series humanizes a specific mental health condition through inspiring personal stories and interviews with leading researchers and experts, who provide the latest information about diagnosis and treatment. Episodes cover a wide range of topics, including autism, chemical dependency, post–traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and suicide prevention, to bring viewers a better understanding of disorders that can affect anyone, at any age. Three special episodes further demonstrate the universal impact of mental illness through celebrity interviews: news veteran Mike Wallace reveals his battle with depression, and actor Patty Duke and broadcast journalist Jane Pauley talk about their experiences living with bipolar disorder. Healthy Minds is hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, CEO and medical director of Holliswood Hospital (Queens, NY) and chair of the section on psychiatry at the New York Academy of Medicine. Full episode streams and resources for every topic covered are available on the series’ website: wliw.org/healthyminds [re-launching October 1, 2009].
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Healthy Minds — Mike Wallace: Depression
Healthy Minds — PTSD: Helping Our Troops