Tune In! The Mental Health Channel is Here

MAY. 27, 2015

By Bob Carolla

For years, many people have asked why there couldn’t be a television channel dedicated to increasing public understanding of mental health conditions and eliminating the stigma that too often surrounds them.

Now there is one.

Arcos Films has launched the Mental Health Channel (MHC) offering 12 regular documentary series (or shows) with a total of 47 episodes currently filmed out of 120 that are planned. Each episode is about seven minutes in length.

Every episode is available 24/7 on the MHC website “free to view, free to share and commercial free.”

MHC took off in earnest over Mental Health Month and is working with NAMI state organizations and affiliates to co-sponsor local screening events in months ahead.

Web-based networks like MHC are a wave of the future in communications technology. Tune in now and you can eventually tell others that you were present at the creation.

The channel seeks to provide “engaging, enlightening, informative programming, commercial free” to help all viewers improve mental health and to change minds overall. Its approach is non-partisan, collaborative and solutions-oriented and intended to inspire action.

Episodes on the MHC website to date include "A Circle of Friends" about Emily, who has dealt with anxiety and depression since age 6, “The Right Response,” about San Antonio’s police crisis intervention team and “Ill in the Family,” about May Howard and her sister, who live the bipolar disorder they inherited from their parents. (See videos below)

The 12 show themes are:

  • The Inside Story
  • The Journey Home
  • Critical Years
  • Cracking Up (Comedy)
  • Mental Fitness
  • Dr. Brain
  • The Common Good
  • Family Portrait
  • The Developing Brain
  • MHC Student Films
  • Big Thinkers on Mental Health (coming soon)
  • Celebrated Minds (coming soon)

You can spend 10 minutes, an hour or more browsing the videos. They are compelling. For more information or comments, please contact mhc@arcosfilms.com.


OCT, 26, 2016 02:14:11 AM
George Michailakis
Hi,can someone please contact me.I have a story to tell about my life and mental health.I would like to help people.I am currently in Behavioral Health Court (BHC) in St.Tammany Parish.22nd Judicial Court.We have a very high suicide rate in our parish and i would like to help get our parish some help.Please Contact me.I would like to start helping people.Please!!! Thank You.

JUL, 22, 2015 05:09:50 PM
sandra stein
thank you so much. it is about time. we need more programs on mental health.

JUN, 26, 2015 10:06:34 AM
Basil Ali
its about time!

JUN, 25, 2015 05:14:04 PM
It's about time!

JUN, 25, 2015 09:31:28 AM
beth cavanaugh LCSW
is it sponsored by big pharm ?

JUN, 14, 2015 11:01:47 PM
amy lyne
Is it sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies ?

JUN, 13, 2015 06:48:32 AM
Cathy Cameron

JUN, 08, 2015 01:48:34 PM
Dana Miller
This is Great News!!!! I have had anxiety,depression, ADHD and ocd for as long as I can remember.. I'm now 43 and I remember being different since I was 4 year's old.There was nothing about mental health when I was growing up. Mental illness run's on my momma's side of the family.. My momma and sister also have mental illness.. Thank Y'all!! I have AT&T Uverse what channel can I find MHC?? Thank You!!!

JUN, 05, 2015 10:35:23 PM
Looking forward to giving this a "look see". I'm a Psych RN who also worked in TV as a reporter featuring my own health segment called "The Wellness Report" and write for web sites. Am very curious about it all and think it is long overdue. Thanks for informing me it exists. I didn't know and consider myself fairly well informed. So it's an eye opener and that's always good, I think.

JUN, 04, 2015 12:03:06 PM
Verneal Powell
Great idea, the time is right for this programing.

JUN, 04, 2015 10:42:16 AM
Jonee' Strickland
Look forward to getting new information

JUN, 03, 2015 10:46:26 AM
Trish Meza
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JUN, 01, 2015 11:26:59 AM
Julie Pedersen
So happy I found this place to watch films about mental health. I would love to blog but don't know how. Would be happy if someone could teach me. Thank you.

MAY, 31, 2015 10:20:24 AM
Deborah E Schmalz
How can we get this channel on DirecTV?

MAY, 30, 2015 10:40:23 PM

MAY, 30, 2015 01:05:51 PM
Philip Carroll
Paul Gilmartin of "The Mental Illness Happy Hour" podcast at www.mentalpod.com would be an ideal host for a show if MHC looks to expand their shows. He's been a stand up comic, had a tv series, and had his share of mental illness struggles. And he has a very faithful following.

MAY, 30, 2015 11:57:16 AM
Brenda Wayne Wyatt
America needs to understand this better.

MAY, 30, 2015 10:29:15 AM
Diane Mintz
Wonderful! I will share and make aware!

MAY, 30, 2015 09:26:32 AM
Joseph VanBuren
This is so cool and undoubtedly will be a great tool to educate, enlighten, and most of all help those afflicted by mental illness. Kudos!

MAY, 29, 2015 06:35:15 PM
I had two siblings who were affected by mental illness. I have volunteered at NAMI El Paso since 1999 in various capacities and continue to do so. Through NAMI Family to Family Classes and FTF support groups, I was able to see and comprehend mental illness from a different perspective. My goal is to share with other families all the love, compassion, understanding, empathy, and the knowledge that I have gain through NAMI Classes and other signature programs.

MAY, 29, 2015 03:47:48 PM
francina easterling
So ready for this and much needed

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