On a recent post of mine, Dangerous Voyage left a comment mentioning a research study and a documentary about it that I might be interested in. I was interested, and sufficiently so that I wanted to share it with all of you. The Dunedin Study has followed a group of 1000 individuals born in 1972 in … Continue reading The Science Of Us
Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse is a documentary, available on Amazon Prime, about a man with schizophrenia who was killed by police in Portland, Oregon. This film was funded by The Mental Health Association of Portland and over 1500 individual supporters, which I thought was pretty impressive. It's an extremely disturbing example … Continue reading Alienation and brutality
I first heard of the documentary Out of Mind, Out of Sight when I saw it recommended on the Bipolar, Uninvited blog. It sounded interesting, so I wanted to check it out. It's shot at an inpatient unit in a forensic psychiatry facility in Brockville, Canada. All of the patients had committed a criminal offense … Continue reading Out of Mind, Out of Sight
The disturbing documentary God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, and her death after being released from a state psychiatric hospital. The film includes readings from Linda's journal, and commentary from people who knew her, including her sister and her daughter. Their words powerfully captured the pain and frustration of a … Continue reading God Knows Where I Am: Death by mental illness
Here are some of my favourite TED Talks that relate to mental wellbeing. Susan David: The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage https://embed.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage I recently reviewed Susan David's book Emotional Agility, and this talk covered similar subject matter. She points out how problematic it is to avoid emotions that are considered negative or illegitimate. She … Continue reading TED Talks on Mental Wellbeing
I recently watched Heroin(e), a Netflix-produced documentary that follows three women (a fire chief, a drug court judge, and an outreach ministry worker) combatting the opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia, the "overdose capital of America". The outreach worker with the Brown Bag Ministry initially anticipated that she would be providing food and the words … Continue reading So, what is the opioid epidemic?
This week's TED Talk picks are focused on trauma and come from a diverse range of experiences. Nadine Burke Harris: How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime https://embed.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime In this talk, Nadine Burke Harris passionately addresses the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. This study found a significant correlation between number of … Continue reading TED Talks on Trauma
Lately I've been sharing some of the TED Talks that I've found particularly informative and inspiring. In this post, I'm focusing on talks that challenge the stigma related to mental illness. There's more info on my Stop Stigma page. Sangu Delle: There's No Shame In Taking Care of Your Mental Health https://embed.ted.com/talks/sangu_delle_there_s_no_shame_in_taking_care_of_your_mental_health Sangu Delle … Continue reading TED Talks on Mental Health Stigma
Here are a few great TED Talks I've found on a variety of topics related to mental health and illness. Eleanor Longden: The Voices in My Head https://embed.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longden_the_voices_in_my_head A psychiatrist once told Eleanor Longden that she would be better off having cancer than a psychotic illness, because it would be more curable. Having the … Continue reading TED Talks: Mental Health & Illness
Here are some great #TEDTalks related to #depression and #preventsuicide
Sigh. This again? I've written before about documentaries that portray psychiatric medications in a problematic way that tends to promote stigma (A Prescription For Murder and Stigma and the Pathologization of Normal). Now Netflix has come out with Take Your Pills, which looks at the use of stimulant drugs like Adderall and Ritalin for mental … Continue reading Take Your Pills: Why is Netflix jumping aboard the stigma train?
Mental illness stigma comes from many places and in many forms. Stigma often invalidates the experience of those of us with mental illness, and one of the ways this can happen is by pathologizing normal experience. By this I mean inflating the significance of "normal" emotions and minimizing the significance of mental illness to make … Continue reading Stigma and Pathologizing Normal Human Experience
I have always been a big fan of the documentary program The Passionate Eye on CBC, Canada's public broadcaster. Until now. On January 6, 2018, they aired "A Prescription for Murder?", which was originally shown on the BBC. The program focused on James Holmes, the young man who shot and killed 12 people and injured 70 … Continue reading A Prescription For Murder?