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Serious Mental Illness Awareness Movies, Books, Music Monthly Discussions

Serious Mental Illnesses impact families, communities, and all of us.

July/August 2023

Summer and the pace of life slows down for many of us.  Long, warm days followed by starry filled nights soothe our souls.  Summer is a time when we renew ourselves.  We take advantage of the slower pace to read that book, listen to that podcast, watch that movie, stream that show, pick berries, hike mountains, swim in lakes.  and just be.

This summer, since the live groups are on hiatus, we decided to give starters for fun, advocacy, etc.

Reading & Podcast Selections

We have reviewed several lists and offer them here for your review!

Sarah Mupo’s (7/5/23) comprehensive list in STAT, “The 27 best books and podcasts on health and science to check out this summer.” is well worth exploring.  Books & Podcasts

Lyra’s 2023 State of Workforce Mental Health.

Interesting blog piece by twisted sister, Kristi, about how she is learning and managing her smi.  “This is our life, this is our song.”

Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches podcast

GASF Playlist


Save it.  Savor it.  Share it.  Enjoy it.

Perception:  FBI Agent Kate Moretti recruits her former neuroscience professor to help out on a case involving the death of a pharmaceutical executive, but Daniel’s hallucinations threaten to derail the case. 3 seasons.

Crazy ex-Girlfriend : A mental health diagnosis for Rebecca doesn’t come into the picture until season three, but even through the hilarious comedic overtones, evidence of her borderline personality disorder shines through. This show is a laugh-out-loud musical comedy, but don’t let it fool you—the discussion of mental health runs deep, even if it’s not blatant.

The Mind Explained: This five-episode, Netflix original mini-series discusses memory, dreams, anxiety, mindfulness, and psychedelics. Though not each episode discusses mental illness, they do plunge into the brain and how the mind works. The Mind Explained is narrated by Emma Stone. 

Lady Dynamite: “There have been few shows to discuss mental illness and disorders, but back in 2017 Netflix’s Lady Dynamite stepped up to change that pattern. In a conversation with Matt Wilstein of Daily Beast, the show’s star and subject, Maria Bamford, says that what made mental illness more difficult for her was “that she didn’t know anyone else going through the same thing.” 

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