Videos for Mental Illness Awareness #MIAW17

Mental HealthGoal of MIAW: Reduce Stigma and Increase Awareness

One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in a given year. Many such victims face the reality that misconceptions about mental illness abound. Reducing stigma and increasing awareness of mental illness is the main purpose of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 1-7, 2017). Check out the videos below for real stories of tragedy and triumph as sufferers (and the professionals who treat them) speak out and share their stories. RRC Library video resources are available to all staff and students at the College.

Learn more about MIAW >> Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

Videos for Mental Illness Awareness

In honour of MIAW, the following videos are on display outside Media Services, NDC Library.

Available on DVD

Anxiety Disorders: An Overview An overview of anxiety disorders — panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, specific phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder — provided by the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM).

Beyond the Blues: Child and Youth Depression Through the personal stories of three young people, this compelling documentary traces the journey of depression, from early signs and symptoms, to assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Also available in streaming format.

Darkness in the Afternoon A story seen through the eyes of Marie, who has dementia, and her inner reality of seeing her husband as a threatening stranger.

Depression: a Cognitive Therapy Approach Demonstrates critical interventions in a representative course of cognitive therapy with a patient who meets diagnostic criteria for major depression as well as dysthymia.

Drummer Boy Things go terribly wrong for 18 year old Philip Renold. He drops out of school to sort it all out, but matters only get worse, until it seems there is only one thing he can do to save his life and his sanity.

Flight from Darkness Focuses on the life of Percy Paul, from his dazzling rise and fall as a brilliant mathematician to his continuing struggle to prevail over his illness and realize his full potential.

Going to Extremes Looks at two major categories of mood disorders–depression and bipolar disorder–and at the cluster of psychoses known as schizophrenia.

Louis Theroux: Extreme Love: Dementia Louis Theroux spends time with America’s growing population of dementia sufferers and carers seeing how families maintain relationships with their loved ones even as the building blocks of personality and character are eroded by this illness.

Mixed Anxiety and Depression: a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Internationally renowned therapist Donald Meichenbaum demonstrates a brief, effective approach for treating anxiety and depression.

My Name is Walter James Cross This compelling dramatic monologue presents an accurate depiction of the devastating, costly, much maligned, and misunderstood illness called schizophrenia.

Preventing and Managing Stress Learn from experts about the causes of stress and how to lessen its negative impacts.

Racing Thoughts A film about children who live with mental illness and their loved ones who make the courageous decision to open up about their stories.

Not Just a Bad Day: Living With Bipolar Disorder Profiles four individuals who live under the shadow of bipolar disorder – one of the most commonly misunderstood and misdiagnosed mental illnesses.

Scared Stiff: Fast, Effective Treatment for Anxiety Disorders Dr. David Burns will illustrate how to integrate all three models (Cognitive, Behavioral, Hidden Emotional) in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Speaking from Experience: Families and Mental Illness This guide is intended to help family, friends, and other carers of people who have been seriously affected by mental illness.

Teens at Risk: Suicidal Signs Raising teenagers with mental health issues can be a difficult and very challenging experience. Parents and teenagers tell their stories of struggle as they learn how some families cope with parenting a mentally ill teen.

These Forgotten Voices: A Choir that Defies Prejudice The fifteen singers featured in this concert all have mental health problems. Witness an amazing change as the participants evolve from their difficult first singing lessons to their highly successful concert.

This Beggar’s Description He as been locked up in jails and psych wards, kicked out of the house, and spent long periods living on the streets of Montréal. This is the story of Phil Tétrault and the far-reaching effects of schizophrenia.

Voices of Resiliency: Hearing, Sharing, Learning with Each Other Compiled from the 2006 Voices of Resiliency Conference hosted by the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. Features thought-provoking discussions that capture the stories of recovery of individuals living with schizophrenia and depression.

Whisper: Coping With Suicide in Aboriginal Communities Aimed at community workers, this video addresses the prevalence of suicide in Canada’s Aboriginal communities.

Work and Recovery: Stories of Employment and Mental Health Introduces five people assisted by employment services that support evidence-based practices. Their stories remind us how important work can be to a person’s recovery journey.

Available through our online collection (log in required)

Being Greene (Curio.ca) This Firsthand documentary takes an intimate look at one family’s struggle to break free from the clutches of mental illness.

Age of Anxiety (Curio.ca) Anxiety. It’s being called the disease of the 21st century.  Age of Anxiety examines what anxiety is, and how and why it is being re-defined by the medical and pharmaceutical industries.

Pinel: A glimpse into the suffering of mental illness (Curio.ca) Pinel tells the story of three men who committed a violent crime while experiencing psychosis. They were found not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder and hospitalized at Pinel, a maximum-security institution specializing in the treatment of violent behavior linked to mental illness.

Stigma (NFB.ca) This film tells the story of a young woman who suffers a mental breakdown, recovers fully in a mental hospital and returns home. Instead of the understanding and support she most needs from her friends and associates, she is virtually ostracized. The film makes a plea for a change in the sort of public thinking that places a stigma upon people who have suffered from an illness of the mind rather than of the body.

OCD: The War Inside (NFB.ca) This feature documentary explores the daily lives of individuals living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a misunderstood anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts, nagging fears and ritualistic behaviour. From the outside, its sufferers have no physical disabilities and have every appearance of being as functional as the next person. But inside, a daily war is waged for survival.

If you have questions, or are an instructor who would like to suggest a purchase, please contact AV Services, NDC:
  • Phone: 204-632-2231
  • Email: media@rrc.ca