Living with Mental Illness

About Living with Mental Illness

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness every year.  WQED Multimedia's "Living With Mental Illness" campaign is an ongoing commitment to explore various aspects of mental health, by examining specific diseases, interviewing experts and sharing the stories of people who are living with mental illness. The multi-platform project is intended to raise awareness, showcase new treatments and end the stigma.

Mental Health Screening

for psychosis, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more

This online tool from Mental Health America might help determine if you are experiencing a mental health condition.

First-Episode Psychosis Webisodes

What is First-Episode Psychosis (FEP)?

In this web short, Dr. Melina Spyridaki-Dodd of Family Services of Western Pennsylvania explains “First-Episode Psychosis” and the process of diagnosing the illness.  Also, Tina Grever, and her son Brice, who’s living with schizophrenia, share their experience with psychosis and talk about the importance of early diagnosis.

Premiered February 6, 2017

Coming Soon

Webisode 2 – Access to Care for FEP
Web Premiere: February 20, 2017
Dr. Spyridaki-Dodd describes how people involved in the FEP program help clients live more fulfilling lives. Tina and Brice talk about how his care team is helping him work to achieve his goals.

Webisode 3 – Medication & Treatment for FEP
Web Premiere: March 6, 2017
In this webisode, Dr. Spyridaki-Dodd talks about why dealing with FEP involves a careful combination of medication and other forms of treatment.  Tina and Brice share details of what has - and has not worked for him in dealing with his disease.

Webisode 4 – Building a Future of Strong Mental Health
Web Premiere: March 20, 2017
Dr. Spyridaki-Dodd explains how treating psychosis early, can help an individual lead a productive life. Tina and Brice reveal their hopes for the future.

Staunton Farm Foundation

Before Stage Four:
Confronting Early Psychosis

Documentary Premieres March 30, 2017

First-time psychotic episodes are frightening, confusing and distressing for the entire family. Traditionally, teens and young adults experiencing first-episode psychosis (FEP) have been pulled out of school and/or society – only to begin a lifelong journey of spotty treatment, recurring episodes, and unfulfilled hopes of a career, happy marriage and children. But new research shows a significant success rate for people who receive proper, coordinated care after a first episode. This documentary shows who’s leading the FEP treatment movement, while families share personal stories of heartbreak, success and hope. The program also explores fascinating research on young adult brains that could lead to life-changing treatment of psychosis.

Explore Past Projects

WQED Multimedia's "Living With Mental Illness" campaign was launched in 2015 with support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Highmark portion of the project included a documentary on anxiety, and webisodes exploring other mental illnesses including obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.  There are also a series of web extras that feature expert advice on topics such as stigma, depression in specific age groups and anxiety among college students.

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