Healthy Minds returns Sundays at 9:30 a.m. beginning October 4
Encores Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. beginning October 6
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, one in five people have a diagnosable mental disorder. This Sunday, October 4 at 9:30 a.m., WLIW21’s award-winning original series Healthy Minds returns in honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The series aims to remove the stigma that can prevent people from seeking help for disorders that can affect anyone, at any age. Interviews with families living with — and overcoming — mental illness offer relatable perspectives on mental health conditions that are often misunderstood, including autism (10/4 & 11), chemical dependency, post—traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders. In some episodes, the inclusion of acelebrity further demonstrates the universal impact of mental illness, as news veteran Mike Wallace reveals his battle with depression (10/25), and actor Patty Duke and broadcast journalist Jane Pauley discuss their bipolar disorder. Healthy Minds also explores proactive steps you can take towards your own mental wellness and the benefits of early intervention.
Hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein, CEO and medical director of Holliswood Hospital in Queens and chair of the section on psychiatry at the New York Academy of Medicine, Healthy Minds makes its national debut this October (check local listings). “Everyone is touched by psychiatric conditions, either themselves or a loved one,” Dr. Borenstein explains. “Our goal is to share cutting-edge information from experts along with personal experiences from people who have overcome psychiatric conditions. Now, more than ever, it is important to reduce stigma and encourage people who have a psychiatric condition not to suffer in silence but to seek help. I want people to know that with help, there is hope.”
All 16 episodes and resources for all topics covered are available at wliw.org/healthyminds.
Please spread the word and let us know your thoughts on this important series by leaving a comment below or on the Healthy Minds site.