Week 1 – Video Resources


Week 1 -Primary Catholic Resources

Franciscan University Presents: A Catholic Guide to Depression Theological .

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SIWlQ0ZUqY (Published 5 Aug 2014).

The Role of the Church for the Mental Health Community Pastoral

A message from Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD – Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJxoII6LIpw (Published 28 Jan 2016).

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton (NZ)

Depression and Self-Acceptance – Testimonial

Sr. Philippa Reed talks about her experience of depressive illness and self-acceptance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggxwGfny0AE (Published Jul 4, 2019).

Week 1 -Secondary Catholic Resources

The Catholic Therapist (USA)

Praying with Anxiety and/or Depression -Testimonial/Theological .

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yS5j5iJlRo (Published May 10, 2019).

Helping Teens with Mental Health – Testimonial/Theological

In this video Adam talks about how to walk with teens and build up their mental health from a Catholic perspective. As both a therapist and a Youth Minister, Adam present some tips and tools to help teens with their daily anxieties and struggles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAOiRMVpmrU (Published July 1, 2021).

Going to Therapy Vs Going to Confession Testimonial/Theological

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFBNeAs7Pas (Published Jan 12, 2019).

Refreshing Faith – “Depression within the Catholic Church” Pastoral/Theological

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ikGXjw3Yc (Published  25 Oct 2013)

Living With Depression and Anxiety as a Catholic: Ned’s Story Testimonial.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkn6D5HIkBA (Published May 19, 2018)

How-To: Deal with Body Image as a Catholic Testimonial

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WairrhbX4y0 (Published March 4, 2019).

Healthy Catholics

Promoting Psychological and Spiritual Wellness (USA)Theological

Fr. Chris Alar, MIC and Jason Lewis address the difficult issue of suicide, and God’s Mercy for victims and grieving family members – Theological

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9cTLFnN9uM&t=85s (Published July 19, 2019)

Week 1 – Primary Resources

The psychology of post-traumatic stress disorder – Joelle Rabow Maletis – Medical

PTSD is not a personal failing, but a treatable malfunction of certain mechanism that allow us to cope with dangerous experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_n9qegR7C4 (Published June 25, 2018).

What is Bipolar? – Helen M. Farrell – Medical

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrWBhVlD1H8 (Published Feb 9, 2017)

How chronic stress affects your brain – Madhumita Murgia – Medical

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuyPuH9ojCE (Published Nov 9, 2015).

What is Schizophrenia? – Anees Bahji – Medical

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2sc_ck5BZU (Published March 26, 2020).

The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans – Dr Daniel Amen – Medical

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esPRsT-lmw8 (Published Oct 16, 2013).

Imagine There Was No Stigma to Mental Illness – Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman – Medical

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrbTbB9tTtA (Published Jan 12, 2016)

Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story – Jessica McCabe – Medical/Testimonial

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiwZQNYlGQI (Published 9 Oct 2017).

I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia – Cecilia McGough – Medical/Testimonial

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbagFzcyNiM (Published 28 Mar 2017).

Week 1 – Secondary Resources

Living Through Depression: Julia’s StoryLiving Through Depression – Julia’s Story – Testimonial

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y1ocyudjs (Published 7 May 2019).

How Paranoid Schizophrenia Impacts My Life – A Day in the Life – Testimonial

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fpa1X6zT6k (Published  9  Aug  2019).

TED Talks – USA

This could be why you’re depressed or anxious – Johann Hari – Testimonial/Cultural

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB5IX-np5fE (Published 11 Oct 2019).

What I learned from my husband’s suicide – Lori Prichard – Testimonial

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb_1IklnhaU (Published 15 Sept,2020).