Healthy Minds TV

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 humanizes common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories as well as experts sharing cutting edge information about diagnosis and treatment. Topics for the series’ fourth season include suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and motherhood, and the mental health issues faced by our veterans.

Series is produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Season 5 premiering in 2018. Contact your local public television station for local listings.

Season 4 Episode Listing
401 Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention
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.
402 Living with Bipolar Disorder
Living with Bipolar Disorder
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.
403 Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy
Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy
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.
404 Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part One)
Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part One)
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.”
405 Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part Two)
Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part Two)
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.
406 Supporting the Mental Health of our Veterans
Supporting the Mental Health of our Veterans
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.
407 Schizophrenia and Youth (Part One)
Schizophrenia and Youth (Part One)
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.
408 Schizophrenia and Youth (Part Two)
Schizophrenia and Youth (Part Two)
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.
409 Schizophrenia: Potential Breakthroughs, Treatment, and Prevention
Schizophrenia: Potential Breakthroughs, Treatment, and Prevention
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.
410 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
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.
411 Violence and Mental Illness
Violence and Mental Illness
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.
412 Depression and Motherhood
Depression and Motherhood
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.
Eric Kandel

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.

Dr. Herbert Pardes
Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Future

Herbert Pardes, M.D., a longtime leader in psychiatry and healthcare, shares his unique perspective on psychiatry. Pardes is a former director of the National Institute for Mental Health and former president of the American Psychiatric Association.



National Institute of Mental Health – NIMH
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -  SAMHSA
SAMHSA is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Mental Health America - MHA
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP was created to raise awareness, offer support, fund research and call for action in regard to advancing a national response to the problem of suicide.

World Health Organization – WHO
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health

U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs - National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

Campaign to Change Direction
The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve.