“Hearts & Minds” is a half-hour program produced by Idaho Public Television in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The program profiles four different teens with different mental illnesses, showing the challenges they faced and how they have learned to live with their diagnosis.
Holly, 18, has a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that manifests in hair-pulling. Jennifer, 19, started hearing voices and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Brandon, 16, became deeply depressed when his home life deteriorated. Amy, 16, began “acting out” and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
By talking about their illnesses, as well as their treatment, these young people show that brain disorders can affect anyone. They also illustrate that there is hope and help for people with mental illness.
The documentary was first broadcast in 1999, and garnered a George Foster Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in broadcast television. View teacher resources.
If you would like a copy of the Hearts & Minds DVD, you can order it online, or you can call Idaho Public Television at 877-224-7200.