Mental Health Ministries

MHM e-Spotlight - Mental Health Ministries Videos

Videos Produced by Mental Health Ministries


Telly AwardsOver the past 15 years Mental Health Ministries has produced many shows addressing faith/spirituality and mental illness. Mario Barnabe, a member of our Advisory Committee, is a gifted producer. Portions of our shows have been broadcast on the Hallmark Channel and PBS. Three of our DVDs, Creating Caring Congregations, Mental Illness and Families of Faith and Breaking the Silence: Postpartum Depression and Families of Faith have received Telly Awards for their high standard of excellence in the Religious program category.

In each show we present a different mental health issue, provide information about that issue and invite persons to share their personal story offer a message of hope.  Our shows were originally available only in VHS format.  We moved to DVDs as technology changed.  Portions of shows were available on the Mental Health Ministries YouTube site.  We have been working this year to have all of our complete shows available to be streamed. 

This e-Spotlight includes a list of videos that are available on Mental Health Ministries' YouTube channel. The shows will still be available on our DVDs and can be purchased on the website. The short clips are taken from the full length shows and designed to be used in worship or other settings. They are available on the DVD, Mental Health Mission Moments. Most of our full length shows, including Creating Caring Congregations, are available on the two DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond.

Mental Health Ministries Video Clips

Mental Illness and Families of Faith

Mental Illness and Families of FaithPreview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show - (watch it on YouTube)

Mental Illness strikes one in four families. When a family member has a mental illness, the whole family is affected. One's faith can be a source of comfort and hope. Communities of faith respond to the needs of two families impacted by mental health.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Creating Caring Congregations

Creating Caring CongregationsPreview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show - (watch it on YouTube)

The sharing of personal stories and experiences provides a way to give voice to those who have suffered in silence, and allows churches to begin the process of reaching out and providing compassionate care to those affected by disorders of the brain. Three people tell their stories and how their faith was an integral part of their healing. Congregations can respond using a model that incorporates education, commitment, welcome, support and advocacy.

The complete show is available on the DVD, Creating Caring Congregations.

Overcoming Stigma, Finding Hope

Mental Illness and Families of FaithPreview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show - 14:42 (watch it on YouTube)

All too often the term "mental illness" evokes inaccurate, stigmatizing stereotypes. Studies estimate that one-half of people with treatable mental illness do not seek help because of the stigma. Mental health professionals discuss stigma, its affects and moving beyond stigma to hope.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.


Understanding Depression

Mental Illness and Families of FaithPreview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show - 18:16 (watch it on YouTube)

An estimated 1 in 10 U.S. adults report depression (CDC). This video lifts of the different types and symptoms of depression. In sharing their stories, persons share how the hope of recovery counters stigma-induced shame, myth and misinformation that keep up to one-half of depressed people from seeking treatment. It also highlights the role people of faith can play in supporting individuals and families struggling with this illness.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Addiction and Depression

Mental Illness and Families of FaithPreview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show - 18:51 (watch it on YouTube)

Addiction to alcohol and/or drugs often masks an underlying depression. The link between addiction and depression can cause a downward spiral leading to severe health problems, even suicide. Three persons share their stories of addiction and depression that end in recovery and hope.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Teenage Depression and Suicide

Mental Illness and Families of FaithPreview Clip (watch it on YouTube)
Complete Show - 16:47 (watch it on YouTube)

According to some studies, depression afflicts between 6% and 12% of American high school students. Depression in children and adolescents is easily missed unless parents, teachers, and medical personnel recognize its signs and symptoms. Without the ability to recognize these symptoms, the first inkling a parent may have of the severity of a child's illness is the tragedy of a completed suicide. Families and professionals review symptoms and recommend appropriate actions to take when it is suspected that a child or adolescent is at risk.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Jewish Families of Faith

Mental Illness and Families of FaithComplete Show (watch it on YouTube)

Mental Illness strikes one in four families. When a family member has a mental illness, the whole family is affected. The story of how faith can be a source of comfort and hope is shared by a Jewish family.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Out of the Ashes: Transforming Trauma

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

A family shares their story of how they coped with the trauma of losing their home in a firestorm and how they celebrated the lives of four of their neighbors who lost their lives in their neighborhood.

This show is available on the DVD, PTSD, Trauma and Suicide: Stories of Healing and Hope.

Mental Illness and Older Adults

Complete Show Mental Illness and Families of Faith(watch it on YouTube)

Depression is not a normal part of the aging process. Everyone feels sad or "blue" from time to time. But growing older involves adjusting to life changes that often involve loss: of loved ones, of familiar routines, of physical health. Depression is the most common emotional disorder in older adults, occurring in about one in seven people over 65. The symptoms of clinical depression can be overlooked and untreated when they coincide with other medical illness and life events.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

For Better or Worse: A Couple's Journey with Mental Illness

Complete Show (watch it on YouTube)

Shadow VoicesThis show gives an intimate look at how a couple deals with relationship changes when one spouse has a mental illness. Stan shares the challenges of taking on the role of caretaker and protector. He discusses the process of walking the fine line between helping to care for his spouse without doing too much and engendering an unhealthy dependency. Susan shares her frustrations with Stan's desire to "fix" her rather than just being present to her, and how the relationship evolves and changes as she moves into recovery. This video features excerpts from the documentary, "Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness", produced by Third Way Media.

Click here for more information or to purchase Shadow Voices from MennoMedia.

PTSD: Healing and Hope

Stories of Healing and Hope: PTSD, Trauma and SuicideComplete Show (watch it on YouTube)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is becoming a major health concern as more of our military men and women return from war zones overseas. Studies indicate that as many as one in five service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffers from major depression or combat stress. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder isn't just limited to those service members in combat roles. Non-combatant jobs in the military, like doctors, nurses, chaplains and other support personnel can also be exposed to traumatic events that put them at risk for developing PTSD. Toni Lopez is featured in our new video, PTSD: Healing and Hope. Toni served for 25 years in the Navy as a physician's assistant treating both military and civilian casualties at combat field hospitals in Iraq.

This show is available on the DVD, PTSD, Trauma and Suicide: Stories of Healing and Hope.

Suicide: Healing After the Death of a Loved One

Complete Show Stories of Healing and Hope: PTSD, Trauma and Suicide(watch it on YouTube)

Suicide: Healing After the Death of a Loved One features an inspirational couple who lost their son to suicide. They share the story of how their faith community supported them and how they have used their painful experience to reach out to others.

This show is available on the DVD, PTSD, Trauma and Suicide: Stories of Healing and Hope.

Eating Disorders: Wasting Away

Mental Illness and Families of FaithComplete Show (watch it on YouTube)

We are bombarded with media images of the ideal body image and diet products are a huge business in this country. While it is healthy to watch what we eat and to get enough exercise, people with eating disorders do harm to their bodies because of their obsession about their weight. Approximately ten million people in the United States have an eating disorder with more than 90 percent of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25. Two families share their struggle in dealing with eating disorders.

The complete show is available on the DVD, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Anxiety Disorders: Overcoming the Fear

Mental Illness and Families of FaithComplete Show - 20:06 (watch it on YouTube)

For some 23 million Americans, anxiety is more than a simple case of the nerves. Instead, it manifests in severe panic attacks that lead to fearful avoidance of certain places or situations. These fears can be as crippling as any serious physical illness. Help and hope are available.

The complete show is available on the DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith.

Coming Out of the Dark Interfaith Intro

Short Intro Clip (watch it on YouTube)

Based on Gloria Estafan's song, Coming Out of the Dark, persons move from their personal darkness of mental illness into the light of healing and hope.

Coming Out of the Dark Ecumenical Intro

Short Intro Clip (watch it on YouTube)

Based on Gloria Estafan's song, Coming Out of the Dark, persons move from their personal darkness of mental illness into the light of healing and hope.

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We hope you find these videos helpful as we work together to erase the stigma of mental illness through education and recognize the importance of faith/spirituality in the treatment and recovery process.

Susan

Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder
Coordinator of Mental Health Ministries
6707 Monte Verde Dr.
San Diego, CA 92119
www.MentalHealthMinistries.net