Week 1 – Video Resources


Week 1 – Primary Catholic Resources

Franciscan University of Steubenville (USA)

Franciscan University Presents: A Catholic Guide to Depression Theological https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SIWlQ0ZUqY (published 5 Aug 2014). Join host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Irvine and author of “The Catholic Guide to Depression”, as they discuss the challenges of clinical depression.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange (USA)

The Role of the Church for the Mental Health Community Pastoral https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJxoII6LIpw (published 28 Jan 2016). A message from Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton (NZ)

Depression and Self-Acceptance – Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggxwGfny0AE (published Jul 4, 2019). Sr. Philippa Reed talks about her experience of depressive illness and self-acceptance.

Week 1 – Secondary Catholic Resources

The Catholic Therapist (USA)

Praying with Anxiety and/or Depression -Testimonial/Theological https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yS5j5iJlRo (published May 10, 2019). Talking, seeking professional help & turning to pray with some spiritual reading prior to praying, focussing on breathing, acknowledging negative thoughts and having counter thoughts, journaling etc.

Helping Teens with Mental Health – Testimonial/Theological https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAOiRMVpmrU (published July 1, 2021) Helping Teens with Mental Health.

Going to Therapy Vs Going to Confession Testimonial/Theological https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFBNeAs7Pas (published Jan 12, 2019). Therapy and confession are similar. Therapy goes a little deeper and brings to the surface what’s under the surface. The grace of confession can extend into healing that can happen in therapy.

Refreshing Faith – “Depression within the Catholic Church” Pastoral/Theological https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ikGXjw3Yc (published  25 Oct 2013). The Church wants people to have the medical help they need. Many effective ways to deal with depression is consistent with the Church’s teachings. There is a synergy between Religion and Psychology.

The New Catholic Generation (USA)

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Living With Depression and Anxiety as a Catholic: Ned’s Story Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkn6D5HIkBA (published May 19, 2018). Although sometimes doubting his faith, Ned experienced Christ many times in his life through his struggles with anxiety and depression. Kindness and understanding towards people suffering from this illness can be a huge weapon to fighting it.

How-To: Deal with Body Image as a Catholic – Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WairrhbX4y0 (published March 4, 2019). God loves us the way we are. We are what God made us. It’s the presence of God inside of us that make us beautiful to others. We are the body of Christ. Our focus on the body of Christ should be the only body image to worry about.

Healthy Catholics

Promoting Psychological and Spiritual Wellness (USA)Theological https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9cTLFnN9uM&t=85s (published July 19, 2019). Fr. Chris Alar, MIC and Jason Lewis address the difficult issue of suicide, and God’s Mercy for victims and grieving family members – Theological

Week 1 – Primary Resources

TED ED Videos on Mental Health Disorders (USA)

The psychology of post-traumatic stress disorder – Joelle Rabow Maletis – Medical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_n9qegR7C4 (published June 25, 2018). PTSD is not a personal failing, but a treatable malfunction of certain mechanism that allow us to cope with dangerous experiences.

What is Bipolar? – Helen M. Farrell – Medical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrWBhVlD1H8 (published Feb 9, 2017). Bipolar disorder is a medical condition which can be controlled with medication, friends &family fostering acceptance & understanding and people with Bipolar empowering themselves to find balance in their lives.

How chronic stress affects your brain – Madhumita Murgia – Medical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuyPuH9ojCE (published Nov 9, 2015). Chronic stress can affect the brain’s size, structure and how it functions. This is caused with high levels of the hormone Cortisol which is released when faced with long periods of stressful situations.

What is Schizophrenia? – Anees Bahji – Medical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2sc_ck5BZU (published March 26, 2020). Schizophrenia is considered a syndrome which may encompass a number of related disorders. It is a disruption of thought process. It has positive & negative symptoms.

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans – Dr Daniel Amen – Medical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esPRsT-lmw8 (published Oct 16, 2013). Spect is a nuclear medicine study that looks at blood flow & activity. People who do bad things often have troubled brains. Brains can be rehabilitated. Brains can be changed. Brain smart programme improves the brain in areas of blood flow, memory & mood.

Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness – Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman – Medical https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrbTbB9tTtA (published Jan 12, 2016). Mental illness affect the mental function of cognition, perception and emotion regulation. It is highly stigmatized. treatment of the illness is the key to reducing and eliminating stigma. Treatments transform lives.

Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story – Jessica McCabe – Medical/Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiwZQNYlGQI (published 9 Oct 2017). ADHD is on a spectrum. Sufferers don’t necessarily have deficiency of attention but rather have trouble regulating their attention. ADHD sufferers think outside the box and are great at tackling tasks that are urgent and challenging.

I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia – Cecilia McGough – Medical/Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbagFzcyNiM (published 28 Mar 2017). 51 million people worldwide have some form of Schizophrenia. 1 out of 10 take their own lives. . Cecilia talks about her unbearable hallucinations. We all see, hear and feel things when we are dreaming but Cecilia finds it hard to turn off her nightmares even when awake. Getting medical help in vital.

Week 1 – Secondary Resources

Living Through Depression: Julia’s StoryLiving Through Depression – Julia’s Story – Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y1ocyudjs (published 7 May 2019). Outwardly a person might appear happy but inwardly feel broken. Julia found hope in therapy and is now a relentless advocate for kids just like her.

How Paranoid Schizophrenia Impacts My Life – A Day in the Life – Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fpa1X6zT6k (published  9  Aug  2019). Allie Burke first started seeing shadows when she was three years old but it wasn’t until she was in her mid-twenties that she was formally diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia. Medication is the key to Allie’s well being. A close and supportive relationship with her partner and her Father helped Allie to live with this illness.

TED Talks – USA

This could be why you’re depressed or anxious – Johann Hari – Testimonial/Cultural https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB5IX-np5fE (published 11 Oct 2019). Most of the factors scientifically proven to cause depression & anxiety are in the way we live. We need to feel our life has meaning & purpose. We need to feel valued. When these needs are not met, we experience deep psychological issues.

What I learned from my husband’s suicide – Lori Prichard – Testimonial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb_1IklnhaU (published 15 Sept2020). Depression can lead to suicide but sometimes sufferers downplay their symptoms and create an illusion that all is well. They can even talk you out of your concern for them. This is also a plea to people considering suicide that they should think about the legacy they leave behind for the people they love.