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Minds on the Edge [electronic resource]: Facing Mental Illness

Fred Friendly Seminars (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
America's frenzied debate over government health insurance has eclipsed another, no less challenging, national health care crisis-the plight of people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This Fred Friendly Seminar sheds light on barriers to treatment, ethical and legal dilemmas, and fragmented social policies that are creating a nightmare for families, filling America's jails, and wasting scarce resources. Led by veteran broadcast journalist Frank Sesno, the program features hypothetical scenarios that challenge prominent mental health professionals, policymakers, and legal luminaries to confront the situations and stigma facing Americans with mental illness. Panelists include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Nobel-winning neuroscientist Eric R. Kandel, Pennsylvania Secretary of Public Welfare Estelle B. Richman, and many others.
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57 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 17, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Facing mental illness
  • Introduction: Minds on the Edge (3:35)
  • Reaching Out (2:04)
  • Rights to Privacy (0:59)
  • Seeking Professional Help (1:42)
  • Denying Mental Illness (1:13)
  • Going to the Emergency Room (1:18)
  • Involuntary Treatment (2:02)
  • Ill Equipped Emergency Rooms (1:06)
  • Limited Options (1:33)
  • Schizophrenia Defined (2:13)
  • A Psychotic Episode (1:01)
  • Outpatient Referrals for the Mentally Ill (1:44)
  • The Legal System and Mental Illness (2:01)
  • Nowhere to Go (1:00)
  • Misused Resources (2:16)
  • Focus on Preventive Care (1:43)
  • Creating Possibilities (1:06)
  • Programs That Work (2:44)
  • Working With Limited Resources (1:42)
  • Locked Out by the Establishment (1:13)
  • Understanding the Biological Underpinnings of Mental Illness (1:09)
  • Mentally Ill Homeless Population (1:25)
  • Bipolar Disorder Defined (1:05)
  • Civil Commitment (2:02)
  • Rights of the Patient (2:02)
  • Long Term Issues (1:50)
  • Different Versions of Autonomy (2:03)
  • Reality of Involuntary Hospitalization (2:02)
  • Danger to Others (1:54)
  • Involuntary Treatment Law (1:32)
  • Funding For Voluntary Treatment (1:28)
  • Due Process for the Mentally Ill (1:16)
  • Final Thoughts: Minds on the Edge (0:50)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2009.
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40693 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (57 min.) : sd., col., digital file. + instructional materials (online)
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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