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Mysteries of Mental Illness

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Idris Mitchell | Decolonizing Mental Health

5m 5s

Idris Mitchell did everything there was to do on the Yale campus, until a diagnosis of bipolar disorder made him miss his finals, lose the perfect 4.0 and feel invisible. What does success mean to a Black queer man who had to be kept away from his pens? How does he turn around and adapt to a constant process of grieving for his previous self, while always being in pursuit of beauty and joy?

Episodes

  • Lloyd Hale | Part 1 | Decolonizing Mental Health: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lloyd Hale | Part 1 | Decolonizing Mental Health

    4m 46s

    Lloyd Hale was 13 when his first symptoms of schizophrenia appeared. He was smoking too much weed, he was told. Growing up in the projects, the intersecting matrices of race, poverty and incarceration prevented appropriate treatment while the larger society willfully ignored his welfare. Here’s his story of recovery, resilience and refusal to “sleep it off.”

  • Idris Mitchell | Decolonizing Mental Health: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Idris Mitchell | Decolonizing Mental Health

    5m 5s

    Idris Mitchell did everything there was to do on the Yale campus, until a diagnosis of bipolar disorder made him miss his finals, lose the perfect 4.0 and feel invisible. What does success mean to a Black queer man who had to be kept away from his pens? How does he turn around and adapt to a constant process of grieving for his previous self, while always being in pursuit of beauty and joy?

  • Lloyd Hale | Part 2 | Decolonizing Mental Health: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Lloyd Hale | Part 2 | Decolonizing Mental Health

    6m 1s

    Lloyd Hale was 16 when undiagnosed schizophrenia led him to commit a crime that put him in prison. This is where he heard an overworked correction officer say the words that changed his life: “You don’t have to do this alone.” Now, a peer support specialist living in recovery, Lloyd spends his time making sure no one around him feels alone in their struggle against the voices in their heads.

  • Shawna Murray-Browne | Decolonizing Mental Health: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Shawna Murray-Browne | Decolonizing Mental Health

    4m 24s

    Before Shawna Murray-Browne’s brother was murdered, she dreamt about it. It was a residue from the trauma of seeing so many Black men being killed around her. This turning point in her career as an integrated psychotherapist made her focus on empowering communities of color to access ways of nurture, care, and healing, that the racist-capitalist society keeps away from them.

Extras + Features

  • Mysteries of Mental Illness Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mysteries of Mental Illness Preview

    2m 25s

    Mysteries of Mental Illness, airing on PBS in June 2021, explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

  • Decolonizing Mental Health | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Decolonizing Mental Health Digital Series | Preview

    36s

    A preview of DECOLONIZING MENTAL HEALTH, an original digital series that dismantles the racism underscoring the mental healthcare industry. By focusing its gaze on the transformative work of therapists and individuals of color, it calls for redressal of the ways in which we define psychiatric illness and health.

  • What's Your Normal?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    What's Your Normal?

    2m 30s

    This video is a call to action to invite discussion, through social media platforms, on the topic of mental health. We hear from five people appearing in the series 'Mysteries of Mental Illness', who each give a brief description of the struggles they face. In an effort to de-stigmatize mental illness, we ask the question 'What is Your Normal?', understanding that it is different for everyone.

  • Decolonizing Mental Health | Overview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Decolonizing Mental Health | Overview

    2m 46s

    Like other healthcare industrial complexes, the mental health field operates around a centre defined by a whiteness of theory and practice. It’s a colonization that has rarely ever been questioned and the need to dismantle it has never been more urgent. Mental health practitioners serving racialized groups come together to shed light on the racism that undercuts their progressive practices.

Schedule

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    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Evil or Illness?

    Tuesday
    Jun 22

    1 Hour

    Ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry; modern-day stories of mental illness, including an aspiring astrophysicist with schizophrenia and a boxer with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Image
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    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Evil or Illness?

    Tuesday
    Jun 22

    1 Hour

    Ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry; modern-day stories of mental illness, including an aspiring astrophysicist with schizophrenia and a boxer with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Who's Normal?

    Tuesday
    Jun 22

    1 Hour

    The fight to develop mental illness standards rooted in empirical science rather than dogma; how science and societal factors mix with the ever-shifting definitions and diagnoses of mental health and illness.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Who's Normal?

    Tuesday
    Jun 22

    1 Hour

    The fight to develop mental illness standards rooted in empirical science rather than dogma; how science and societal factors mix with the ever-shifting definitions and diagnoses of mental health and illness.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Evil or Illness?

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    Ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry; modern-day stories of mental illness, including an aspiring astrophysicist with schizophrenia and a boxer with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Who's Normal?

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    The fight to develop mental illness standards rooted in empirical science rather than dogma; how science and societal factors mix with the ever-shifting definitions and diagnoses of mental health and illness.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Evil or Illness?

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    Ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry; modern-day stories of mental illness, including an aspiring astrophysicist with schizophrenia and a boxer with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Who's Normal?

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    The fight to develop mental illness standards rooted in empirical science rather than dogma; how science and societal factors mix with the ever-shifting definitions and diagnoses of mental health and illness.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Rise and Fall of the Asylum

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    The rise and fall of mental asylums in the U.S.; the largest de-facto mental health facility in the U.S., its detainees and the realities of care both inside and outside.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Rise and Fall of the Asylum

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    The rise and fall of mental asylums in the U.S.; the largest de-facto mental health facility in the U.S., its detainees and the realities of care both inside and outside.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    The New Frontiers

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    Cutting-edge treatments for mental illness; profiles of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery, infusions of ketamine and modern electro-convulsive therapy.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    The New Frontiers

    Wednesday
    Jun 23

    1 Hour

    Cutting-edge treatments for mental illness; profiles of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery, infusions of ketamine and modern electro-convulsive therapy.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Rise and Fall of the Asylum

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    The rise and fall of mental asylums in the U.S.; the largest de-facto mental health facility in the U.S., its detainees and the realities of care both inside and outside.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    The New Frontiers

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    Cutting-edge treatments for mental illness; profiles of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery, infusions of ketamine and modern electro-convulsive therapy.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Rise and Fall of the Asylum

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    The rise and fall of mental asylums in the U.S.; the largest de-facto mental health facility in the U.S., its detainees and the realities of care both inside and outside.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    The New Frontiers

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    Cutting-edge treatments for mental illness; profiles of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery, infusions of ketamine and modern electro-convulsive therapy.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Evil or Illness?

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    Ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry; modern-day stories of mental illness, including an aspiring astrophysicist with schizophrenia and a boxer with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Who's Normal?

    Thursday
    Jun 24

    1 Hour

    The fight to develop mental illness standards rooted in empirical science rather than dogma; how science and societal factors mix with the ever-shifting definitions and diagnoses of mental health and illness.
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Evil or Illness?

    Friday
    Jun 25

    1 Hour

    Ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry; modern-day stories of mental illness, including an aspiring astrophysicist with schizophrenia and a boxer with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Image
    Mysteries of Mental Illness: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Mysteries of Mental Illness

    Who's Normal?

    Friday
    Jun 25

    1 Hour

    The fight to develop mental illness standards rooted in empirical science rather than dogma; how science and societal factors mix with the ever-shifting definitions and diagnoses of mental health and illness.

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