Mental Illness
Video-based Educational Programs and Related Materials.

Mental Illness

Welcome to the Mental Illness Education Project, please visit our catalog of mental illness help videos

We produce and distribute video-based educational programs and related materials. A non-profit organization, we are committed to helping people deal with the often devastating effects of serious mental illness. Since 1990, our mission has been to increase understanding and improve the care and recovery of those affected by this illness. Our products are intended for a wide range of people, including:

  • People with a psychiatric condition,
  • Family members and friends,
  • Mental health professionals and students,
  • Special audiences such as legislators,
  • health administrators and educators,
  • The general public.

The Project's videotapes are designed to be used in hospital, clinical and educational settings, and by individuals and families. Low prices ensure that anyone concerned with mental health can afford to purchase the tapes. Written guides with each videotape provide further insights and resources. All proceeds from the sale of MIEP videos go toward the production of new educational materials.

Poor mental health enters the lives of at least one in four families. Mental health care is often marginal and the quality of psychiatric health programs varies widely. Severe mental disorders -- schizophrenia, manic depression (bipolar disorder), or severe depression - afflicts 12 to 16 million Americans with hallucinations and delusions, disordered thinking, irrational fears, or suicidal depressions. Their parents, siblings, children, spouses, and other close relatives are also devastated.

MIEP produces & distributes video-based educational and support materials for the following populations:

People with psychiatric disabilities These individuals are badly served by the popular media. Videotapes and other materials made with the help of people recovering from being mentally ill will provide needed support, information, and encouragement.

Families While families are an important support for their mentally ill relative, they are often excluded from the health-care process, and their concerns are frequently ignored. Alienated from their ill relative, they feel guilty, stigmatized and terrified. With better understanding the family members can become knowledgeable and confident members of the treatment team.

Mental health professionals Professionals need to know more about what families with mentally ill members face. As professionals learn ways to empower families and patients by actively involving them in treatment and recovery, they can acquire and communicate a more hopeful, constructive perspective to families and patients.

Special audiences Legislators, educators and health administrators need to know the possibilities and requirements of good mental health care. Informed decision makers will allocate money, personnel and other resources more effectively, improving care and saving tax dollars.

The general public The media is filled with sensational stories of "crazy" killers or talented people gone "mad". Rarely do these stories give insight into what it's like to be mentally ill or to have an ill family member. The general public needs a restored sense of empathy and community in which the different -- mentally ill people -- have a place.

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