Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

One in five people has a diagnosable mental disorder, but often fear and shame prevent people from seeking help. Healthy Minds with Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein aims to remove the stigma of mental illness and demonstrate that with help, there is hope. The series humanizes common psychiatric conditions through inspiring personal stories as well as experts sharing cutting edge information about diagnosis and treatment. Topics for the series’ fourth season include suicide prevention, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and motherhood, and the mental health issues faced by our veterans.

Series is produced by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

Presenter: Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)


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This is a promotion trailer for season four of Healthy Minds.

401 - Suicide Prevention

The challenges of identifying those at risk of suicide with a focus on young people; the future of medical tests for prevention; removing the stigma of sharing suicidal thoughts; understanding a family’s tragedy gives others hope.

Season 4 Episodes:

  • 401 Suicide Prevention
  • 402 Living with Bipolar Disorder
  • 403 Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy
  • 404 Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part One)
  • 405 Patrick Kennedy: A Common Struggle (Part Two)
  • 406 Supporting the Mental Health of our Veterans
  • 407 Schizophrenia and Youth (Part One)
  • 408 Schizophrenia and Youth (Part Two)
  • 409 Schizophrenia: Potential Breakthroughs, Treatment, and Prevention
  • 410 Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System
  • 411 Violence and Mental Illness
  • 412 Depression and Motherhood
  • 413 Memory
  • 414 Psychiatry: Past, Present, and Future

More information about each episode can be found here.

After each episode airs on Public Television Stations across the nation, full-length expert interview bonus footage will be available here.

Healthy Minds Schedule
City State Station Day/Time Beginning Airdate
Anchorage AK Alaska PBS Mondays at 4:30am & 10:30pm /
Tuesdays at 7:30am & 1:30pm
Arkansas (statewide) AR AETN Thursdays at 10:30pm 2/16/2017
Austin TX KLRU Mondays at 10:00am 11/7/2016
Bemidji (Minneapolis) MN Lakeland PTV (KAWE) Sundays at 4:30pm 10/16/2016
Bowling Green KY WKYU Sundays at 5:30am 11/6/2016
Charlotte NC NC & SC SCETV Tuesdays at 11:00am 11/15/2016
Chicago IL WYCC Sundays at 5:30pm 10/16/2016
College Station TX KAMU Saturdays at 5:30pm 12/17/2016
Columbus OH WOSU Fridays at 9:00pm 12/2/2016
Denver CO Colorado PTV Sundays at 9:00am 10/9/2016
East Lansing MI WKAR Wednesdays at 11:30pm 11/2/2016
Evansville IN WNIN (Learn Channel 12) Saturdays at 10:00pm 11/5/2016
Flint MI CMU Central Michigan PBS Sundays at 12:30pm & Tuesdays at 6:30pm 10/4/2016
Gainesville FL WUFT Sundays at 2:00pm (first two episodes) /
then Saturdays at 1:30pm
10/9/2016 (first two episodes),
Grand Rapids MI WGVU Sundays at 2:30pm 11/6/2016
Harrisonburg VA WVPT Mondays at 7:30pm 10/10/2016
Hartford CT Connecticut PTV Sundays at 10:00am 1/8/2017
Juneau AK KTOO Mondays at 10:30pm /
Repeats the next day at 1:30am, 4:30am, 7:30am & 1:30pm
Kansas City MO KCPT Thursdays at 2:30pm 10/6/2016
Las Cruces NM KRWG Saturdays at 11:00am 10/15/2016
Los Angeles CA KLCS Sundays at 6:00am 11/6/2016
Los Angeles (San Bernardino) CA KVCR Thursdays at 4:30am 10/6/2016
Marquette MI WNMU Sundays at 3:00pm 11/6/2016
Maryland (statewide) MD MPT Sundays at 12:30pm 1/22/2017
Memphis TN WKNO Tuesdays at 3:30pm 11/8/2016
Milwaukee WI Wilwaukee PTV Saturdays at 8:00am 10/18/2016
Montana (statewide) MT MontanaPBS Tuesdays at 12:30pm 12/13/2016
New Orleans LA WLAE Mondays at 9:30pm 3/6/2017
New York NY NYC-TV Tuesdays at 12:30pm /
Sundays at 5:30am
New York NY WLIW Saturdays at 9:30am 10/22/2016
Orlando FL WDSC Wednesday at 7:30pm 11/16/2016
Orlando FL WEFS Thursdays at 10:00pm 11/17/2016
Phoenix AZ KAET Sundays at 11:00pm /
Repeats on Wednesdays at 11:30pm
Portales NM KENW Tuesdays at 5:30am /
Fridays at 4:00pm
Portland OR Oregon Public Television Mondays at 10:30am 10/10/2016
Pullman WA KWSU Thursdays at 4:30pm 10/27/2016
Raleigh Durham NC UNC-TV Sundays at 6:00pm /
Repeat at 12:00am
Sacramento CA KVIE Wednesdays at 6:00am 11/23/2016
Salt Lake City UT KUEN Fridays at 8:00pm 10/7/2016
San Francisco CA KRCB Mondays at 11:00am 3/6/2017
Syracuse NY WCNY Wednesdays at 9:30am & 5:30pm /
Thursdays at 1:30am
Tampa FL WEDU Mondays at 5:00pm 10/24/2016
Tampa FL WUSF Thursdays at 8:00pm 10/6/2016
Topeka KS KTWU Tuesdays at 7:30am 11/1/2016
Trenton NJ NJTV Mondays at 5:00am 10/3/2016
Tucson AZ AZ Public Media Sundays at 8:00am / 
Saturdays at 8:00am
Wichita KS KPTS Thursdays at 10:00pm 10/6/2016
Wilkes Barre PA WVIA Wednesdays at 7:00pm 10/5/2016
Yakima WA KTNW Mondays at 11:30pm /
Repeats at 12:30am

More to come / Check local listings


National Institute of Mental Health – NIMH
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. NIMH is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -  SAMHSA
SAMHSA is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Mental Health America - MHA
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
AFSP was created to raise awareness, offer support, fund research and call for action in regard to advancing a national response to the problem of suicide.

World Health Organization – WHO
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health

U.S. Department for Veterans Affairs - National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

Campaign to Change Direction
The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve.

Season 4 Episode Descriptions:


Donna Morgan, mother of Simone Battle of pop group G.R.L., speaks publicly for the first time about the loss of her daughter to suicide. Suicide prevention expert Maria Oquendo M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry/vice chair for education at Columbia University and director of residency training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, discusses the latest developments in the diagnosis, treatment and neurobiology of suicidal behavior.


Super Bowl XLI champion linebacker Keith O’Neil speaks candidly about his personal experience living with bipolar disorder, the symptoms that began in childhood and continued into adulthood, and how he is successfully managing his treatment and working as a mental health advocate. Robert M.A. Hirschfield M.D., Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College’s Department of Psychiatry, shares important advice about treatment.


Brian Wilson, legendary musician and Beach Boys co-founder, speaks about his lifelong struggle with mental illness and his collaboration with the Campaign to Change Direction, which educates the public about warning signs of mental illness. Wilson is joined by Bill Pohlad, producer/director of the Wilson biopic Love & Mercy; actor Paul Dano, who portrayed the young Brian Wilson in the film; and Barbara Van Dahlen, PhD, founder of the Campaign to Change Direction.


The former U.S. Representative (D-RI), now a leading mental health advocate, shares his experience living with bipolar disorder and addiction, and his journey toward recovery. Kennedy discusses his memoir, A Common Struggle, which explores his family’s history of mental illness and the stigma of “family secrets.”


The former U.S. Representative (D-RI), now a leading mental health advocate, shares his experience living with bipolar disorder and addiction, and his journey toward recovery. Kennedy reveals for the first time how his relationships with his father, wife, and children impacted how he has handled his own mental illness.


Leading experts discuss how to better assist returning service members including treatments for post-traumatic stress, depression, and suicide prevention. With Matthew J. Friedman, MD, senior advisor, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for PTSD; Marianne Goodman, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry, School of Medicine, Mount Sinai; and New York State Senator Thomas D. Croci (R-Third District), himself a veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


A young man diagnosed at age 15 and now in his early 20’s shares his experience living with schizophrenia. Leading schizophrenia expert Patrick McGorry, M.D., Ph.D., shares insights about his groundbreaking work on safe, effective treatments for young people with psychotic and severe mood disorders. Dr. McGorry is the founder of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation in Australia.


New York State Mental Health Commissioner Ann M. Sullivan, M.D. discusses efforts to improve health systems including family centered care for children, early diagnosis, and treatment. Ian Boeckh, president of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, works in the memory of his brother, who had schizophrenia, to bring about transformational changes to improve the lives of people with or at risk of mental illness.


Leading brain researcher Robert Freedman, M.D. discusses new treatments and methods of prevention for schizophrenia, including medical trials for nutritional supplements in utero. Freedman is editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Superintendent, Colorado Psychiatric Hospital at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.


The Honorable Steven Leifman, Criminal Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida discusses programs helping people who become involved in the criminal justice system as a result of an untreated or inadequately treated psychiatric condition.


Exploring the relationship between mental illness and violence, and how science and public perception differ. Noted experts Lloyd Sederer, M.D. of the New York State Office of Mental Health; and Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; discuss.


The ground-shifting research of Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., on how a mother’s depression impacts her child’s mental health has led to a better understanding of the biology of depression and how to prevent it in the next generation. Weissman is professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and chief of the Division of Epidemiology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

413: MEMORY:

Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel, MD, earned the prize in medicine for his research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying learning and memory. Dr. Kandel, professor of neuroscience, physiology and cellular biophysics at Columbia University, shares his most recent findings about age-associated memory loss and discoveries that may lead to new treatments for post-traumatic stress.


Herbert Pardes, M.D., a longtime leader in psychiatry and healthcare, shares his unique perspective on psychiatry. Pardes is a former director of the National Institute for Mental Health and former president of the American Psychiatric Association.