'Changing the Conversation' for Mental Health America

In the second year of a unique communications partnership, Mental Health America (MHA) and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme that investigates the progress and raised awareness of mental health in the United States.

Approximately 1 in 5 Americans live with mental illness, but despite this, their portrayal is too often negative and misrepresented. ‘Changing the Conversation – B4Stage4’ explores how people and organisations are changing the conversation and perception of mental health in America, and what have been the latest findings and advances to understand and detect mental disorders.

‘Changing the Conversation - B4Stage4’ features a series of news reports and sponsored editorial profiles from businesses and organisations focusing on researching and treating mental health issues in the U.S.

Profiles include the Aging Brain Initiative, a collective endeavour at MIT, who are developing new treatments and technologies to solve the problem of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease; the Picower Institute For Learning and Memory at MIT, providing new insights and treatments for very complex brain disorders such as autism, depression schizophrenia, addiction and degenerative diseases; the KnKt’d app & software platform, developed by Synergistic Creations, using technology to bring people closer to their wellness - and their providers; the UC Davis Mind Institute and their research to identify the environmental causes affecting Autism & ways to intervene.

Also brought in exclusivity from the MHA Annual Conference, the programme contains interviews with some of the high-profile keynote speakers and advocates of mental health including former WNBA player Chamique Holdsclaw, Olympian and Author Suzy Favor Hamilton, and actor Chris Wood.

Watch the trailer (video 1) and abridged version (video 2) here above

or video 3 - In an exclusive report, President and CEO of MHA, Paul Gionfriddo, and his wife Pam share their personal story with their adopted son Timothy, diagnosed with Schizophrenia who became homeless and is now reunited with them after years of searching and perseverance.

Or watch the full programme here