| "Men Get Depression" airs on public television|
"Men Get Depression" is a one-hour HD documentary presented by KCET-TV that explores the corrosive effect of depression on the self, relationships and careers through the intimate profiles of real men, including a former NFL Quarterback, a Fortune 500 CEO, an Iraq War veteran, a university professor, a pastor and others.
“Men often feel weak or ashamed, that it’s not manly to feel sad,” says Producer and Director, Grady Watts. “We hope this program will show men that they are not alone and that treatment can make a big difference in their lives and in the lives of the people who love them.”
The documentary is dramatically structured in four acts: 1) Putting a name on it. Men awakening to awareness that something is gravely wrong that they can’t control. 2) Not just me, but also those around me. Exploration of depression’s collateral damage, pain and injury to relationships. 3) I need help and it’s okay to ask for it. Acceptance that help is available and personal accounts of experiences with both medication and psychotherapy. 4) Therapy can work, but requires discipline. How therapy has changed men’s lives and their relationships.
“State of the Art began developing Men Get Depression more than 6 years ago,” says company President, Gerardine Wurzburg. “We were motivated by the recognition that stigma towards depression and other mental illnesses is deeply entrenched in American society and that it particularly deters awareness and treatment among men.”
The team has extensive experience addressing mental health issues, stigma, cultural barriers and improving understanding of treatment. Several leading experts also contributed to the program. Dr. John Greden, Director of the University of Michigan’s Depression Center, gives a perspective on recent neuroscience research findings on the relationship of stress and depression. Dr. Francisco Fernandez of the University of South Florida reflects on his experience providing care to his Latino patients. And John Head, author of “Standing in the Shadows: Understanding and Overcoming Depression in Black Men,” shares his own personal experience with the disease and its effects on his family.
The documentary is the centerpiece of a national bilingual campaign to increase awareness of depression, reduce stigma, and prevent suicide. The outreach materials include three videos for men of different ages and their families and a resource booklet with a discussion guide for group facilitators. All resources are available in English and Spanish.
The "Men Get Depression" broadcast was specially released in May 2008 for Mental Health Awareness Month by distributor American Public Television (APT). APT has been a prime source of programming for the nation’s public television stations, distributing more than 300 new program titles per year.
For more information, please visit MenGetDepression.com or DepresionYLosHombres.com.