Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coming to PBS: Minds on the Edge--Facing Mental Illness

This sounds like a very insightful program--I don't have TV right now, so I have to wait until I can watch it on line (after Oct. 1).

"MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness zeros in on wrenching situations playing out every day in hospital ERs, on city streets and school campuses, in courtrooms and in jails, as Americans struggle with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The dramatic scenario of this Fred Friendly Seminars program reveals personal dilemmas facing individuals and families, medical practices that can be obstacles to treatment, and public polices that are falling short."

"Moderated by Frank Sesno, the program features Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Nobel-Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel, Pulitzer-nominated journalist Pete Earley, and other panelists from law, medicine, and public policy — including several who have personally faced the challenges of mental illness and offer their riveting insights."

Here's a link for more information:

Minds on the Edge


perphila said...

This looks interesting. I wish they would do a long term doc about several families over the span of maybe a decade or something. You see stuff about people being homeless or in hospitals long term. What about the people who live at home and seem fine for the most part? It's like the nursery rhyme "when she was good she was really really good but when she was bad she was horrible."

Wellescent Health said...

Being that it will be on PBS, I would hope that we can look forward to some good commentary on the topic and see how those who have successfully dealt with mental illness have managed to do so.