Mental Wellness

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A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness/Broadcast version

 One in four American adults are living with a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, but many of them are afraid to reach out for the help they need. “A New State of Mind” features just a few of the millions of Californians who are refusing to stay silent while untreated mental illness takes an unnecessary toll on our families and communities. 

Narrated by award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close

Adult   57:16 minutes   2012   DVD-6005

A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness/Closed Caption version

 One in four American adults are living with a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, but many of them are afraid to reach out for the help they need. “A New State of Mind” features just a few of the millions of Californians who are refusing to stay silent while untreated mental illness takes an unnecessary toll on our families and communities. 

Narrated by award-winning actress and mental health advocate Glenn Close

Adult   57:16 minutes   2012   DVD-6006

The ABC's of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are epidemic and misunderstood today in America. Education is one of the only preventative means to fight these diseases. This educational piece covers the many faces of eating disorders and the devastating effects on the lives of real people. In the video anorexics, bulimics, and the often maligned compulsive overeaters share their intimate experiences. The interviews captivate and allow the viewer into the minds and lives of someone with an eating disorder. Health professionals also explain the facts on the diseases, how to recognize them, what causes eating disorders, and how to recover. Some experts estimate that 50% of women will have eating disorders at some point in their lives, and almost as many men. They also estimate that at any given time 20-30% of the population is suffering from an eating disorder. This piece aims to raise awareness, let people know they are not alone, encourage recovery and love and acceptance of our bodies.
Junior High - Adult            32 min.           2004           DVD-6403

Junior High - Adult
Celebrate What's Right with the World with Dewitt Jones

In Celebrate What's Right With The World, Dewitt Jones asks: Do we choose to see possibilities? Do we really believe they're there? He assures us that there is always more than one right answer. Celebrating what's right with the world helps us recognize the possibilities and find solutions for the challenges before us. This inspirational, best-selling training program utilizes stunning photography and powerful dialogue to help viewers approach their lives with celebration, confidence, and grace. PowerPoint Presentation, Video Transcript, PowerPoint Viewer, Leader's Guide & Workbook included.
High School - Adult           22 min.           2001            DVD-5099

High School - Adult
Cipher in the Snow

This is the story of a small boy whom nobody seemed to care about until his untimely death one winter morning. The viewer is shown how Cliff Evans went from an eager but timid little boy to a withdrawn and socially unskilled junior high student. It is a true story based on Jean Mizer Todhunter's award winning story.
High School - Adult            24 min.           1973            V-5009

High School - Adult
Co-Occurring Disorders: Mental Health & Drugs

Co-Occurring Disorders: Mental Health & Drugs has been designed primarily for clients who have a dual diagnosis and secondarily for those involved in the treatment of these disorders that need a deeper understanding of this common phenomenon. By first examining the mental illnesses that are part of a dual diagnosis (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar, depression) and then showing how psychoactive drug use can aggravate or induce these illnesses, the video helps explain the relationship between the two conditions. Related issues such as the difficulty of giving an accurate diagnosis, self-medication with street drugs, the use of psychiatric medications to control the illnesses, and the problems of relapse are discussed. Interactions from a dual diagnosis group as well as from many clients with co-occurring disorders emphasize not only the difficulties of treating co-occurring disorders but also show how clients can function in society and gain hope through effective treatment.  

Adult            36 min.           2004           DVD-51

Controversies in the Diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Implications for DSM-V_March 21, 2012
A federal committee has been meeting for more than three years in an attempt to define the neurobehavioral profile of children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol. These efforts have been complicated by the lack of consensus regarding criteria for each of the diagnoses within Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and inconsistencies in diagnosis in the published literature. This webinar will present the most current thinking around these issues and implications for establishing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and related disorders as a diagnostic code within the DSM-V.
Adult          49:40 min           2012                  DVD-4230
Coping With Disruptive Life Changes (cc)

This program showcases the real stories of several teens who coped with major disruptions in their lives. One teen describes how her parents’ divorce caused her to rebel in school until, with the help of a school counselor, she rejected her gang-related friends and got her life back on track despite being pregnant. Another young woman shares how she dealt with the tumult of her mother’s relapse into addiction after her family lost their business and house to bankruptcy. Her involvement with a theater group and the support of good friends helped her eventually conquer her depression. A boy whose mother was diagnosed with breast cancer speaks about how he dealt with his bottled-up fear and anxiety by opening up to his grandmother. The program emphasizes the importance of being patient, having realistic expectations and seeking out people who can provide help and support. On-screen experts provide creative tips for adapting, coping and growing. DVD contains Spanish subtitles.

Preview a three minute clip: here

Grades 7 - College             22 min.              2010        DVD-4215 

Grade 7 - College
Depression: True Stories

Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide. Three young adults, including professional basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw, describe living with depression, their thoughts of suicide, and their recovery. They tell how early diagnosis and treatment can transform and save lives.  Discussion Guide available on the DVD or can be downloaded here: Discussion Guide

Grades 6-College, Parents   26 min.   2007   DVD-6007


Grades 6-College, Parents
Do You Have an Eating Disorder? (cc)

Teens and young adults describe their eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging and compulsive exercising. Lynn Grefe, the director of the National Eating Disorders Association, stresses that an eating disorder is an illness and should not be stigmatized. A young country singer describes her battle with anorexia, and talks about how she used her music as part of her recovery. A teenage boy dispels the myth that eating disorders affect only girls and describes his own struggle to recover. A teen and her counselor talk about the interaction of culture, family and community in her recovery. The program stresses that there are warning signs to different eating disorders; that eating disorders have serious, even deadly, health consequences; and there are positive steps you should take if you or a friend are at risk.
Grades 7 - College            19 min.           2008            DVD-5142

Grades 7 - College
Drama Queens and Tough Guys: Helping Teens Handle Emotions (cc)

Intense emotions are part of every teen's life. Too often, however, these emotions spill over into "dramas" with groups of kids reacting to and escalating the impact of the drama. The by-product is a ripple of emotional chaos that extends beyond the group members and can negatively affect the atmosphere of the school. Using four "real life" scenarios, the program enables viewers to recognize emotional "drama" and helps them find legitimate ways to handle intense emotions. In one scenario, news of Jenna and Kyle's break-up travels through the school via cell phones, blogs and gossip. Jenna goes ballistic as groups of friends take sides and escalate the problem. Each scenario is used to underscore teaching points and strategies for coping with strong emotions, to understand why drama often overwhelms an emotionally charged situation, and to learn "drama avoidance" skills.
Grades 5 - 9            18 min.           2006            DVD-5113

Grades 5 - 9
Drug Education for Teens/Teenage Depression & Suicide, v. 11 (cc)

Being a teenager is a huge challenge, and while it's normal for teenagers to feel sad or stressed, there can be times in a teen's life when sadness engulfs them. While "depression" is a normal human emotion, when feelings of depression persist for a lengthy period and interfere with a person's ability to function, it becomes a mental health issue. In Teenage Depression & Suicide, students will get the lowdown on the causes, symptoms and treatments available for those suffering from depression, outfitting students with the necessary tools to deal with both friends and themselves. 

Grades 7 & up        23 min.        2003        DVD-81   Spanish Language Track

Grades 7 & up
Effective Management of ADHD in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders--May 7, 2012

Children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder may benefit from medications to address Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other co-morbid conditions. However, children with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder present in a more complex way than do children in the general population. A comprehensive understanding of how ADHD should be identified and treated in children affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol is essential for professionals working with these children in order to develop an effective treatment plan including medication in combination with appropriate therapuetic interventions.

Adult     47:52 min.      2012        DVD-4231


Generation Found

From the creators of the groundbreaking film, THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE, comes GENERATION FOUND, a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.

Independently filmed over the course of two years, GENERATION FOUND takes an unprecedented and intimate look at how a system of treatment centers, sober high schools, alternative peer groups, and collegiate recovery programs can exist in concert to intervene early and provide a real and tested long-term alternative to the “War on Drugs.” It is not only a deeply personal story, but one with real-world utility for communities struggling with addiction worldwide.

Link to Generation Found Website

High School/Adult   85 min.   2016   DVD-4003

High School/Adult
Hallmarks of Good Mental Health (cc)

This program helps viewers recognize the six key qualities that define good mental health in adolescence—having satisfying relationships, being happy with one’s academic achievements, maintaining clear and achievable goals, being capable of delaying immediate gratification, making good choices and resisting unhealthy peer pressure. Having a strong sense of self-esteem is especially highlighted: if you do not feel good about yourself, you are more likely to limit yourself and make bad choices. Each of the hallmarks is clearly demonstrated by real teens in a variety of settings, including at school, at home and at play. The peer-to-peer approach focuses students’ attention on the key qualities that they should acquire as they make their way through adolescence.

Preview a three minute clip 

Grades 7 - College           16 min.           2010           DVD-5147

Grades 7 - College

Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? Roko Belic, director of the Academy Award® nominated “Genghis Blues” now brings us HAPPY, a film that sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

Adult           78 min.           2011        DVD-6009 

Hearts & Minds: Teens and Mental Illness

Hearts & Minds: Teens and Mental Illness dispels myths and decreases the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. Through the eyes of four young people, the video shows what it is like to have a mental illness and what types of treatments help. The program explains the signs and symptoms of mental illness and reinforces the need to ask for help. Students will also learn how society has viewed mental illness through the ages. An enclosed teacher's guide suggests follow-up activities.

You can watch the show on the Idaho PTV online video player.

High School            27 min.           2000           V-6001

High School
Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution

On June 21, 1967, at the age of 17, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now a veteran documentary filmmaker, Lucy returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive. Her meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff reveal the painful legacy of our state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.

Adult       108 min.     2011      DVD-6010


LIFE CONTINUED: Defeating Depression (cc)

“Life Continued: Defeating Depression” examines the lives of two college students from different parts of the country who fought their way through serious mental health struggles: Sarah Virginia and Devin. Both contemplated suicide and Sarah Virginia actually attempted it. Devin’s depression stems from his experience with racism and homophobia in his community. Growing up, he was the victim of extreme bullying and teasing for being gay and was forced to keep his sexuality hidden for most of his life. Sarah Virginia’s depression, anorexia, and self-harm began at the age of 12. At 17, she hit her lowest point. After receiving medical help and counseling, she realized she had a second chance and began to share her story through her writing and music. This documentary tells their stories—from their earliest indications that something was wrong to their decisions to work toward recovery.

Act 1: 7:57 minutes   a new beginning

Act 2: 6:29 minutes   internal struggle

Act 3: 5:39 minutes   you’re still the same person

Act 4: 6:37 minutes   support system

Act 5: 5:53 minutes   having an outlet

Act 6: 4:00 minutes   breaking the silence

Act 7: 4:25 minutes   just do you


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College Students   46:51 min.   2013   DVD-6008


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Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program

This comprehensive suicide prevention program is a whole-school program. Lifelines educates students on the facts about suicide and students' role in suicide prevention. It provides information on where to find suicide prevention resources in the school and community. Training materials are included for faculty and staff that provide accurate and practical information on identifying and referring students who might be at risk for suicide. Lifelines also includes a presentation for parents that answers questions about youth suicide and prevention, and it involves them in the school's suicide prevention activities.
Grades 7 & up            20 min.           2009            DVD-5140/A

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Grades 7 & up
Lifestyle Diseases And How To Avoid Them

The decisions teenagers make about diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol have an immediate impact on their health. Teens assume they are too young to get cancer, diabetes, chronic lung diseases, or other lifestyle diseases. But, in fact, the choices teens make can damage their health now and in the future. Program profiles overweight teens with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and other problems. Shows how teen smokers are at greater risk for cancer and chronic lung disease and often already suffer respiratory problems impacting daily life. Also profiles a teen alcoholic to understand the impact of alcoholism on a teen's physical and emotional well-being. Identifies healthy behaviors and urges teens to make smart choices to improve health now and in the future. Emphasizes these keys to health: stop smoking, avoid alcohol, eat a balanced diet, avoid stress and get enough sleep.

Click here for a 3 minute preview

Grades 7-College         20 min.          2009         DVD-3005

Grades 7 - College
Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home

Narrated by Catherine Keener, LOST ANGELS: SKID ROW IS MY HOME takes an uncompromising yet life-affirming look at the lives of eight remarkable individuals--people who have found a way to make a life for themselves within the community of homelessness. The film shows how their descent into society's basement has been exacerbated by the forces of gentrification and the increasing criminalization of homeless people, while exposing the draconian changes to the mental health care system that have brought us here. With the support of a vast array of advocates, especially the services of Lamp Community, the mission featured in the Jamie Foxx/ Robert Downey Jr. film, THE SOLOIST, many residents of Skid Row have found a way to stick together and fight back. Directed by Thomas Napper, LOST ANGELS demonstrates how proactive approaches to homelessness-most specifically that of providing housing-are helping many to recover from mental illness and substance abuse and to find stability. For many, Skid Row is, perhaps improbably, the last place to find refuge and build a life of meaning...proving that sometimes home is where the help is.  

Adult      75 min.     2010    DVD-6012

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Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know

Lifelines: Suicide Prevention

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Adult            18 min.           2009           DVD-5140/B

Reality Matters: Taking Care of Me

Health is not just about physical bodies. How we feel about ourselves is just as important. In a world that celebrates looks, achievement, money and possessions, it's our emotional health - who we are on the inside - that will ultimately determine our happiness. The teen years are an especially vulnerable time filled with questioning and self-doubt as well as a great deal of stress. This video will explore the many influences and experiences that shape an individual's emotional health, as well as specific tools for managing stress and maintaining a positive self-image. 

Grades 6 - 12            24 min.           2003            DVD-5086

Grades 6 - 12