This 16-minute video by Annelle Primm, M.D. highlights the problem of depression in the African-American community.  It attempts to reduce the stigma of depression and mental health treatment by addressing some of the concerns that may be unique to African-Americans experiencing depression.  The video features comments by Dr. Primm and a variety of African-Americans who have experienced depression talking about their experiences and recoveries.

 Initially broadcast in October 2002, "Hope on the Street" profiles four homeless persons with mental illnesses, who struggle for recovery—with different degrees of success. National distribution of the documentary recently began through the American Public Television network and continues through June (check local listings). The documentary is intended in part to shatter the stigma that surrounds mental illness by telling real stories with human faces—and showing that recovery is possible.

This film sheds light on this difficult subject, showing how it impacts families, the personal battles it creates, and the resources available to those who suffer from it. We meet several people who have mental illnesses and who are homeless from time to time. One is Ray Guevarra, a Latino who survived an abusive childhood, gang-life as a homeless teen and a constant struggle with his bi-polar disorder. He overcame his illness with the support of his family and proper treatment, and is now an outreach worker and speaker at mental health conferences across the country. African-American Sandra Washington ran away from her family in Mississippi sixteen years ago. With the help of a social worker she recently reconnected with them. John Joseph suffers from schizophrenia and was homeless for five years until a flower vendor took a chance, gave him a job, and got him off the streets.

  This 19-minute videotape features a diverse group of over 25 employers, job developers, and employees with psychiatric disabilities. Through personal interviews, they speak of their experiences and offer sensitive and practical suggestions to help others achieve success joining or rejoining the workforce. Invisible Workforce presents a hopeful vision of recovery that will inspire employers, mental health professionals, educators, consumers and family members. This tape is also valuable for job developers and placement coordinators meeting with prospective employers. The first in a series on employment, this video is intended to stimulate dynamic and productive discussions about the major issues of the workplace for people with psychiatric disabilities.
Synopsis:  Imagining Robert is an account of Robert Neugeboren's 30-year history of mental illness. In this moving memoir, his brother Jay describes the tragedy of psychosis and illustrates the redemptive power of writing. The author imagines his brother as two people--one hospitalized, the other communicative and lucid--and crafts a story of his brother's thoughts by weaving together Robert's exquisitely written letters about this unfolding family tragedy. The instability of the author's own children and his manipulative mother's affliction with Alzheimer's disease multiply the pressure he feels, threatening his own mental health. His careful words seem an attempt to organize the confusion around him. The imagined friendship with the brother he lovingly cares for serves as an important source of self-examination. Neugeboren's prose restores his brother's dignity by refusing to let the details of how Robert has suffered in psychiatric institutions go unrecorded.



Synopsis: Cadigan is diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1991 while a senior at Carnegie Mellon University studying painting and printmaking. After three years of failing to respond to any treatment, he finds a new doctor and begins taking newly-released medications which make a difference. He chronicles his fight for sanity with a video camera and the unswerving support of his family and makes a remarkable recovery. Cadigan now lives and works as an artist in the San Francisco Bay area. "Making art is like breathing - a necessary part of my life. The more I work, the more I am healed, and the images become a deeper expression of my interior world." In the video, nineteen mental health consumers, family members, providers, and administrators share their candid perspectives on the effects of stigma in their work and in their lives. “Stigma…in Our Work, in Our Lives” is an invaluable tool for continuing education in the health care professions. Educators will also find it an excellent resource in undergraduate and graduate settings. “Stigma…in Our Work, in Our Lives” was created by The Anti-Stigma Project of On Our Own of Maryland, Inc. and funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services. This interactive workshop is designed to reduce stigmatizing behaviors, attitudes and practices within the mental health and addiction recovery communities. Participants identify stigmatizing behaviors and attitudes and their impact on the design, delivery, and receipt of services, and develop possible solutions and action steps. (3 hours)





About Dr. Kenneth Duckworth, MD (Lead Contributor): Dr. Ken Duckworth serves as the medical director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Triple board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry, Dr. Duckworth has extensive experience in the public health arena.

"After I entered psychiatric training, I began to develop a curriculum for first or second year medical students who, during their careers, will treat people, who have mental illnesses, in medical clinics, surgery, and emergency rooms. After eight years of teaching this curriculum to second year Harvard medical students, I received funding from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill to develop a one-hour module on the stigma of mental illness, for distribution free to medical educators. The format of the curriculum includes a quiz, viewing of a video, followed by discussion. The quiz is a six-minute survey of knowledge and attitudes about major mental illness. The facilitator collects the quizzes and starts the video, taking note of the most frequently missed questions, with an eye to including them in the discussion. The video is 15 minutes long, professionally produced, and includes: 1) media copy including cartoons, advertising, numerous film clips from children and adult films for stereotypical portrayals; 2) an organizational framework of stereotypes so students can recognize them in the future; 3) commentary by Kay Jamison, Lori Schiller, Mike Wallace, and others about the effect of stigma on their lives; 4) a rebuttal of these stereotypes; 5) brief modeling by myself, discussing the effect that stigma had on me as a child having a father with bipolar illness; 6) a brief review of how the viewer can impact this important social problem. Discussion follows with the focus on the students' responses to the video and quiz, and their reflections on their own experiences and fears about mental illnesses."
The Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County and Community Solutions of Fort Worth provide the following materials to be used within your community. They only ask that you notify them of this use and that you give due credit:
ADHD poster in (English or Spanish  )
ADHD bookmark (English or Spanish)
Anxiety poster (English or Spanish)
Anxiety bookmark (English or Spanish)
Bipolar poster
(English or
Spanish)
Bipolar  bookmark
(English or Spanish
Depression poster
(English or Spanish)
Depression bookmark
(English or Spanish)
Teen poster
(English or Spanish)
Teen bookmark
(English or Spanish)
Newspaper in Education Supplement
Glossary of Mental Health/ Mental Illness Terminolgy
Street Banner
Billboard
(English or Spanish)
Bus Bench Ad


What a Difference a Friend Makes

This site provdies several posters promoting awareness of mental illness.
 Cafeteria Poster


Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.

This site includes a series of series of publications called Picture This in which experts in the field address key issues in mental health. For example, Picture This: Bipolar Disorder features important information on the nature of disorder as well as personal stories from people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. There are also similar publications that focus on depression and suicide prevention (Picture This: Depression and Suicide Prevention) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Picture This: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).