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Mental Health Film Comment

Mental Health Film Comment

By Brian Black
We talk about various mental health issues as depicted in various media.

We talk about depression, bipolar, anxiety, and other mental health issues and topics
Some episodes are more film-specific than others. All episodes will provide info and resources.
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"The Extraordinary Ordinary" (2020)

Mental Health Film Comment

"We All Just Need to Drum!" (2020)
"We All Just Need to Drum!" (2020) & group drumming, anxiety, OCD GUEST: Occupational Therapist & Group Drumming Facilitator Jorge Ochoa Tambo Rhythms We All Just Need To Drum: (WATCH FOR FREE) Mental Health Film Comment email:
May 10, 2021
"St. Elmo's Fire" (1985)
"St. Elmo's Fire" (1985) & PTSD, survival, perseverance GUEST: Motivational Speaker Ron Blake Blake Late Show Mental Health Film Comment email:
May 6, 2021
"Charlie Bartlett" (2007)
"Charlie Bartlett" (2007) & is it pro-meds? anti-meds? both? more about peer support? GUEST: Author Anne Feustel, "Our Favorite Movies: How Films Affect Our Mental Health" Writing Wisely Mental Health Film Comment
May 3, 2021
"Soul" (2020)
"Soul" (2020) & panic attacks, mental health, and more GUEST: TV Producer Tracy Manser, Stuff Leads To Stuff Stuff Leads to Stuff Mental Health Film Comment
April 29, 2021
"Ordinary People" (1980)
"Ordinary People" (1980) & advocacy, SBD (Serious Brain Disorders), more GUEST: Jeanne Gore, National Shattering Silence Coalition National Shattering Silence Coalition Mental Health Film Comment email:
April 26, 2021
"The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster" (2017)
"The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster" (2017) and, um, benzo's GUEST: D. Foster, Benzo Free Podcast Benzo Free Podcast The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster * Just FYI- no 'pill-shaming' here. That's specifically emphasized.* Mental Health Film Comment
April 22, 2021
"The Definition of Insanity" (2020)
"The Definition of Insanity" (2020) & AOT (Assisted Outpatient Treatment) GUEST: Janet Hays, Healing Minds NOLA Healing Minds NOLA The Definition of Insanity (via PBS) Mental Health Film Comment email:
April 19, 2021
"It's Kind of a Funny Story" (2010)
"It's Kind of a Funny Story" (2010) & suicide prevention, faith, and mental health GUEST: Jared, Louder Now Podcast Louder Now Podcast Mental Health Film Comment email:
April 15, 2021
"Ben is Back" (2018)
"Ben Is Back (2018) & opiate addiction, NAMI family support groups GUEST: Charla, advocate for NAMI family support groups Mental Health Film Comment email:
April 12, 2021
"Memory Games" (2018)
"Memory Games" (2018) and memory & mnemonics GUEST: Chase DiMarco, The Medical Mnemonist Podcast The Medical Mnemonist Podcast Mental Health Film Comment email:
April 8, 2021
"Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind" (2004)
"Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind" (2004) & BPD, memory and mental health GUEST: Anne Feustel, Author of "Our Favorite Movies: How Films Affect Our Mental Health" Writing Wisely Mental Health Film Comment email:
April 5, 2021
"We Don't 'Move On' From Grief..." (2019)
"We Don't 'Move On' From Grief..." (2019) & grief GUEST: Jenifer Ramirez, Joyful Like Maggie Joyful Like Maggie Mental Health Film Comment email:
April 1, 2021
"Ragamuffin" (2014)
"Ragamuffin" (2014) & masks, authenticity GUEST: Master Certified Life Coach Sue Bowles Sue Bowles: My Step Ahead: Mental Health Film Comment email:
March 29, 2021
"Ben X" (2007)
"Ben X" (2007) & autism, Asperger's, bullying GUEST: Panna Bodori Mental Health Film Comment email:
March 25, 2021
"Ladybird" (2017)
"Ladybird" (2017) & anxiety GUEST: Liz Coalts from The Anxious Adult The Anxious Adult Mental Health Film Comment https:/
March 22, 2021
"The Extraordinary Ordinary" (2020)
"The Extraordinary Ordinary" (2020) & mental health in media GUEST: Director/Screenwriter/Producer Natalie Rodriguez The Extraordinary Ordinary Mental Health Film Comment email:
March 18, 2021
"Inside Out" (2015)
"Inside Out" (2015) & mindful living, emotional wellness...and movies GUEST: Whitney Lauritsen, This Might Get Uncomfortable Podcast Whitney Lauritsen: This Might Get Uncomfortable: Mental Health Film Comment Email:
March 15, 2021
"War Room" (2015)
"War Room" (2015) and prayer (yes, we talk faith this episode) GUEST: Licensed Professional Counselor Carrie Bock Hope For Anxiety and OCD Mental Health Film Comment
March 11, 2021
"A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
"A Beautiful Mind" (2001) & its depiction of schizophrenia GUEST: Will Hall, Madness Radio Madness Radio: Mental Health Film Comment
March 8, 2021
"Slap Shot" (1977) & suicide prevention
"Slap Shot" (1977) & suicide prevention GUEST: Lawrence Sprung, Mitlin Money Mindset Podcast Mitlin Financial: *Heads up: More AFSP info on Mitlin Money Podcast in May** Mental Health Film Comment
March 4, 2021
"The Snake Pit" (1948)
"The Snake Pit" (1948) and its depiction of mental illness GUEST: Anne Feustel, Author of "Our Favorite Movies: How Films Affect Our Mental Health" Writing Wisely: Facebook: Mental Health Film Comment Facebook: Twitter:
March 1, 2021
"The Social Dilemma" (2020) Take 2
"The Social Dilemma" (2020) & social media, mindfulness GUEST: Sr. Nancy Usselmann, Pauline Center For Media Studies Pauline Center For Media Studies: Mental Health Film Comment
February 25, 2021
"The Social Dilemma" (2020) Take 1
"The Social Dilemma" and social media influence GUEST: McKenna, Revealing The Ivory Tower Podcast Mental Health Film Comment
February 22, 2021
"Doing Time on Maple Drive" (1992)
"Doing Time on Maple Drive" (1992) & coming out, suicide prevention GUEST: Archie Messersmith-Bunting, M.S. Archie Messersmith-Bunting, M.S. Mental Health Film Comment
February 18, 2021
"Enough" (2002)
"Enough" (2002) and domestic violence GUEST: Dr. Michele Finneran, Ph.D., Author of "Surviving Domestic Abuse" Dr. Michele Finneran, Ph.D. Mental Health Film Comment
February 15, 2021
"Hidden Figures" (2016)
"Hidden Figures" (2016) and anxiety, math and S.T.E.A.M. GUEST: Math Consultant, Rosalba Serrano-McFadden Zenned Math Mental Health Film Comment
February 11, 2021
"Blinded By The Light" (2019)
"Blinded By The Light" (2019) & Bruce Springsteen, depression, feeling better GUEST: Jesse from Set Lusting Bruce Podcast Set Lusting Bruce Mental Health Film Comment
February 8, 2021
"Remember The Titans" (2000)
"Remember The Titans" (2000) & the importance of the words we use GUEST: Dr. Ashley Perkins, PharmD & suicide prevention advocate Dr. Ashley Perkins Mental Health Film Comment
February 4, 2021
"Love & Mercy" (2014)
"Love & "Mercy" (2014) & depiction of mental health issues in film GUEST: Author Anne Feustel, "Our Favorite Movies: How Films Affect Our Mental Health" Mental Health Film Comment
February 1, 2021
"A Friend Called Spider-Man" (2018 short)
"A Friend Called Spider-Man" (2018 short) & trauma, suicide prevention GUEST: Dr. Lulu from The Suicide Pages Podcast Mental Health Film Comment
January 28, 2021
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946)
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) and adjusting to the homefront after service GUEST: Annette from A Wide Ride Called Life & The Truths We Hide Podcast A Wild Ride Called Life Mental Health Film Comment
January 25, 2021
"You Can Heal Your Life" (2007)
"You Can Heal Your Life" (2007) & listening and...healing GUEST: Daniel Levin, Visionary & Author of "The Mosaic" Daniel Bruce Levin Mental Health Film Comment
January 21, 2021
"Promising Young Woman" (2020)
"Promising Young Woman" (2020) & domestic violence, media GUEST: Jasmin Shojai, Australia's Top Glamour Model 2017 Jasmine Shojai Mental Health Film Comment
January 18, 2021
"Playtime" (1967)
"Playtime" (1967) and...well, playtime GUEST: Kara Latta, Founder & Chief Fun Officer, The Playful Warrior IG: Mental Health Film Comment
January 14, 2021
"Joker" (2019)
"Joker" (2019) & Messy 4 Mind, #EndTheStigma GUEST: Tom, Messy 4 Mind Messy 4 Mind https: Mind: Mental Health Film Comment
January 11, 2021
"Michael Clayton" (2007)
"Michael Clayton" (2007) & meds, bipolar disorder GUEST: Bipolar Educator Bob Krulish Mental Health Film Comment
January 7, 2021
"Door To Door" (2002)
"Door To Door" (2002) & cerebral palsy, representation in media GUEST: Win Charles, Ask Win Podcast Ask Win: Mental Health Film Comment
January 4, 2021
"The Benzo House" (YouTube Channel)
"The Benzo House" (YouTube Channel) & side effects of, withdrawal from, a certain class of meds This is something that's not really openly discussed in many mental health circles GUEST: Melissa, The Benzo House Mental Health Film Comment
December 31, 2020
"Girl, Interrupted" (1999)
"Girl, Interrupted" (1999) & depiction of mental health issues in film GUEST: Author Anne Fuestel, "Our Favorite Movies: How Films Affect Our Mental Health" Mental Health Film Comment
December 28, 2020
"The Co-Op" (2021 short)
"The Co-Op" (2021 short) & disability representation in film GUEST: "The Co-Op" Director Cameron S. Mitchell Mental Health Film Comment
December 24, 2020
"The Breakfast Club" (1985)
"The Breakfast Club" (1985) and active listening GUEST: Lyn Lindbergh, Listening Skills Podcast Listening Skills: Mental Health Film Comment
December 21, 2020
"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (1992)
"Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" (1992) & dissociation, trauma, surrealism and art therapy GUEST: Life Purpose Expert Mike Iamele FB: IG: Mental Health Film Comment
December 17, 2020
"Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" (2017)
"Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk" (2017) & punk and mental health and recovery GUEST: Peer Support Worker Craig Lewis Mental Health Film Comment
December 14, 2020
"Uncut Gems" (2019)
"Uncut Gems" (2019) & gambling addiction GUEST: Patrick, recovering addict from Seattle Mental Health Film Comment
December 10, 2020
"Medicating Normal" (2020)
"Medicating Normal" (2020) and medicating (and over-medicating) GUESTS: Co-Director/Co-Producer Lynn Cunningham & one of the film's subjects Angela Peacock Medicating Normal Mental Health Film Comment
December 7, 2020
"Chasing The Present" (2020)
"Chasing The Present" (2020) & anxiety, mindfulness, happiness GUEST: Producer/Director Mark Waters & Film's Subject James Sebastiano, Jr. Chasing The Present Mental Health Film Comment
December 3, 2020
"The 13th Step" (2016)
"The 13th Step" (2016) & recovery and alternatives to AA GUEST: Coralyn Martin, Recovery Coach & Founder of Recovery Revolution *Explicit language warning* Cory Exists Mental Health Film Comment
November 30, 2020
"Kindness is Contagious" (2014)
"Kindness is Contagious" (2014) and, um...kindness and gratitude GUEST: Kindleigh Chief Kindness Officer Leigh Clark Kindleigh: Mental Health Film Comment
November 26, 2020
"Out of Discord Into Harmony" (2008)
"Out of Discord Into Harmony" (2008) & guilt and shame GUEST: Filmmaker and author Lois Hollis Lois Hollis Mental Health Film Comment
November 23, 2020
"Silver Linings Playbook" (2012)
"Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) & panic, anxiety, wellness GUEST: Cat Dean, Hype Girl Podcast Mental Health Film Comment
November 19, 2020
"The Color Purple" (1985)
"The Color Purple" (1985) & trauma, art, mental health GUEST: Al from Al Speak Up podcast Al Speak Up: Mental Health Film Comment
November 16, 2020
"All The Bright Places" (2020)
"All The Bright Places" (2020) - suicide prevention & ending the stigma GUEST: Professional Certified Coach Michelle Anhang Mental Health Film Comment
November 12, 2020
"The Couch Trip" (1988)
"The Couch Trip" (1988) & comedy & mental illness in the media (Or something like just need to listen to see how it turned out.) GUEST: Comedian Marvin McCarthy Mental Health Film Comment
November 9, 2020
"Peyton Place" (1957)
"Peyton Place" (1957) & navigating relationships through mental health issues GUEST: Author, Relationship Conflict Transformation Coach & Marriage Educator Kingsley Moyo Mental Health Film Comment
November 5, 2020
"Sorry To Bother You" (2018)
"Sorry To Bother You" (2018) & mental health care in communities of color GUEST: Professional Mental Health Advocate & Professional Motivational Speaker Tamuri Richardson Mental Health Film Comment
November 2, 2020
"The Swerve" (2020)
"The Swerve" (2020) & depression & resources for recovery GUEST: Motivational Speaker & Transformational Author Erica Lynn Mental Health Film Comment
October 29, 2020
"28 Days" (2000)
"28 Days" (2000) & rehab, addiction, sobriety GUEST: Stephan Mental Health Film Comment
October 26, 2020
"Safe" (1995) - mental health & horror films week
We wrap up Mental Health & Horror Films Week with "Safe" (1995) GUEST: "Wait, Wait, Don't Kill Me" (2020) Film Director Adam Lippe Opens virtually at Laemmle Theaters on October 23rd here: Mental Health Film Comment New episodes every Monday & Thursday
October 22, 2020
"Alive." (2020) - mental health & horror films week
"Alive." (2020) - Mental Health & Horror Films Week GUEST: Jules Vincent, "Alive." (2020) (And, yes, I ask about the "abandoned sanitarium" verbiage on the film's description - no cause for alarm: as I discussed with him, I like this movie a lot.) Good horror movie currently at 78% (critics)/94% (audience) on RT Mental Health Film Comment
October 19, 2020
"Mental Health Transparency" (2017 short)
"Mental Health Transparency" (2017 short) & anxiety GUEST: Artist Joshua Dusk, author of "Walt and The Weird, Long Dark"
October 15, 2020
"The Grizzlies" (2020)
"The Grizzlies" (2020) & suicide prevention GUEST: Suicide Prevention Advocate Gordon Corsetti FB @mentallyagile Twitter @mental_agility
October 12, 2020
"Stroke" (2017 short)
"Stroke" (2017 short) & stroke awareness, mental health GUEST: "Favor" Author and Victory Coach Kawan Glover "Stroke"
October 8, 2020
"The Red Balloon" (1956)
"The Red Balloon" (1956) - mental health, music,, Oasis GUEST: Andrew Entwistle, The Entwistle Podcast "The Red Balloon"-
October 5, 2020
"Yes Man" (2008)
"Yes Man" (2008) - mental health, suicide prevention GUEST: Mind-Body Wellness Coach Amanda Webster Mental Health Film Comment Email:
October 1, 2020
"Life, Animated" (2016)
"Life, Animated" (2016) - we talk autism this episode and this documentary GUEST: Motivational Speaker Jimmy Clare, Crazy Fitness Guy Mental Health Film Comment email:
September 28, 2020
The Great Buck Howard (2008)
"The Great Buck Howard" (2008) - magic, mind-reading, discovery GUEST: Mind-reader Anthony Prescuitti
September 24, 2020
"Things We Lost In The Fire" (2007)
"Things We Lost In The Fire" (2007) - homicide survivors and conflicted grief GUEST: Psychologist, author and host of "Domino Effect of Murder" Podcast Jan Canty
September 21, 2020
The Blues Brothers (1980)
The Blues Brothers (1980) - comedy, mental health, music, recovery GUEST: Chad Smith, C's Get Degrees Podcast & The Chad M. Smith Brand Mental Health Film Comment
September 17, 2020
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) - mental health, community, and voting GUEST: Claudia Zapata, What Are You Running For podcast Mental Health Film Comment
September 14, 2020
Boys Don't Cry (2020 short)
"Boys Don't Cry" (2020 short) - men's mental health GUEST: Choreographer/Director John Ross, "Boys Don't Cry" Mental Health Film Comment
September 10, 2020
"Magic Camp" (2020)
Life's lessons from one of the latest Disney movies GUESTS: father & son magic duo Dan Chan & James Chan Mental Health Film Comment
September 7, 2020
"Shock Corridor" (1963)
General discussion incl. eliminating stigma - "Shock Corridor" (1963) GUEST: automythographist and author Laux Mental Health Film Comment
August 30, 2020
Boogie Nights (1997)
Porn addiction - "Boogie Nights" (1997) - education, info & referral GUEST: Joshua Shea, Pornography Addiction Expert & Author *Explicit content warning - listener discretion advised More info: NAMI: Mental Health America: Joshua Shea: LIKE this podcast on Facebook @MentalHealthFilmComment
August 23, 2020
Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Tourette's - "Motherless Brooklyn" (2019) - info & referral GUEST: Dan Zerin, "My Voices Have Tourette's" podcast (Iceland)
August 16, 2020
The Terminal (2004)
mental health & recovery UK, US - "The Terminal (2004) - info & referral GUEST: Paul & Emma, Mental Heads podcast
August 16, 2020
The Swimmer (1968)
Dual Diagnosis/Substance Use Disorder - "The Swimmer" - info & referral info
August 15, 2020
A Summer In The Cage (2007)
Bipolar disorder - "A Summer In The Cage" - info & referral info
August 9, 2020