Romantic Chemistry

By Sandra Kiume

Highlights from a talk by Larry Young about the brain chemistry of love.

From bonded-for-life prairie voles to human partnerships, chemistry plays a role in romantic attraction and staying with a mate. Lessons from research into the science of love may be useful for other applications in psychiatric conditions, including autism spectrum disorders.

An animated short excerpt from a presentation at the Brain Matters! conference held in Vancouver, BC in March, 2014.

Producer: National Core for Neuroethics Featuring: Larry Young
Format: Flash Date: 23/07/14
Length: 00:06:09  
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More Than a Pet: Service Dogs for PTSD

By Sandra Kiume

A short video profiling labradoodle Rocco and the veteran he cares for, through the program K9s for Warriors in the US.

K9s for Warriors trains rescue dogs to be service dogs for PTSD in veterans.


Producer: Bayer's K9 Advantix® II and K9s For Warriors Featuring: Rocco, Jack Capra, Sandi Capra
Format: Flash Date: 02/05/14
Length: 00:04:10  
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What Makes Us Laugh?

By Sandra Kiume

Professor Sophie Scott’s LaughterLab at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in the UK does neuroscience research on why and how people laugh.

In a project at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2012 and the Big Bang Fair 2013, at an exhibit they simply asked people to write down, “What makes you laugh?” In this short, fun video, they share the answers they collected.

To learn more about the LaughterLab and their research, visit this link, and for more fun and scientific videos about laughter check out Sophie Scott’s YouTube channel

Producer: LaughterLab Featuring: text on Post-its
Format: Flash Date: 14/03/14
Length: 00:03:19  
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What’s it Like to Experience and Recover from Psychosis?

By Sandra Kiume

Simon Says: Psychosis is a fantastic documentary featuring three people who’ve experienced psychosis, talking about what it’s like, and their recovery journeys assisted by the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service provided by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

The film was created by John Richardson, a person with lived experience of psychosis, giving it special insight, empathy, and an insider perspective. For more background about the filmmaker’s process and intent, follow this link.

You can follow the filmmaker on Twitter at @insipidmedia, and also interact with a special account for the film, @sisaysPSYCHOSIS. Please ask questions and share your feedback on this unique and important project.

Producer: Insipid Media Featuring: John, Dominick, Jane
Format: Flash Date: 06/06/14
Length: 00:23:44  
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Value from Suicide Attempts: The Way Forward

By Sandra Kiume

A powerful video sharing key recommendations in the report “The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience,” prepared by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

This comprehensive report on suicide attempt survivors and suicide prevention is a major step in lived experience advocacy.

There will be a one hour tweetchat on Thursday, July 10 at 12:30 pm ET using the hashtag #WayForward. Suicide attempt survivors and allies are welcome to join this groundbreaking advocacy discussion.



Producer: crowdsourced by April Foreman Featuring: many voices
Format: Flash Date: 30/06/14
Length: 00:08:56  
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Can and Should We Prevent Crime with Neurotechnology?

By Sandra Kiume

A cool animated short presentation on the ethics of using neurotechnology to prevent violent crime. “Neurotechnology for Our Homes and Our Nations: The Neuroethics of Privacy and Security” by James Giordano.

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Producer: National Core for Neuroethics Featuring: James Giordano
Format: Flash Date: 09/07/14
Length: 00:07:37  
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Powerful Suicide Attempt Survivor Documentary

By Sandra Kiume

A Voice At The Table is a half-hour documentary featuring interviews with four healed suicide attempt survivors advocating for suicide prevention.

It’s a powerful look at a topic that is too often overlooked: the knowledge of attempt survivors. With the work of these four activists and others, it’s now more prominent.

Features Cara Anna of What Happens Now? and Talking About Suicide, Craig Miller, author of This is How it Feels, Dese’Rae Stage of Live Through This, and Tracey Medeiros (also check out another fascinating interview with her).

Producer: Annemarie Matulis Featuring: Cara Anna, Tracey Medeiros, Craig Miller, Dese'Rae Stage
Format: Flash, HD Date: 18/05/14
Length: 00:32:26  
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Can’t Sleep? Try This Guided Meditation Talkdown Video

By Sandra Kiume

Sleep is an essential component of good mental health, and trouble sleeping can be a symptom of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions, as well as simply resulting from stress.

While there are medication options, they don’t offer the revitalization of natural sleep. Sedation doesn’t mimic normal sleep and can interfere with the REM stage of dreaming, which is important to feel refreshed in the morning. Often, there’s a “hangover effect” of grogginess the next day. Sleeping pills are also addictive and should be used with caution, infrequently.

A good alternative is a guided meditation to ease you into relaxation and soothe you to sleep. This video is one of the best free options I’ve found.

It features a calming male voice easing you into progressively deeper stages of relaxation leading into sleep, along with the peaceful sounds of ocean waves on a beach (and a bit of ambient music at the beginning).

Along with my own successful experience, I’ve shared this video on my Twitter account @unsuicide and people have told me it’s effective for them as well. Tonight, give it a try and see how it works for you.

Producer: The Honest Guys Featuring: n/a
Format: Flash Date: 13/08/12
Length: 00:29:31  
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Suicide Attempt Survivor Voices

By Sandra Kiume

The American Association of Suicidology 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles featured the panel, ‘Can You Hear Me Now? New Voices of Attempt Survivors.’

It includes presentations by Cara Anna, Dese’Rae Stage, Samantha Nadler, Misha Kessler, and Craig A. Miller.

This historic, inspiring panel coincided with the launch of a new Attempt Survivors Division of the AAS, a move heralded as a major achievement in suicide prevention in the movement to include people who’ve been suicidal.

Soon after, the New York Times featured an article about attempt survivors. It includes an interview with Dese’Rae Stage of the Live Through This project, showcasing attempt survivor portraits and interviews.

These are all major milestones in attempt survivor visibility and involvement in suicide prevention. Congratulations to all who spoke out!

Producer: American Association of Suicidology Featuring: Cara Anna, Dese'Rae Stage, Samantha Nadler, Misha Kessler, Craig A. Miller
Format: Flash Date: 12/04/14
Length: 00:41:21  
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All About World Bipolar Day

By Sandra Kiume

For World Bipolar Day on March 30, 2014, Matthew McKenzie of London, England created a video to celebrate and inform.

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Producer: Matthew McKenzie Featuring: Matthew McKenzie
Format: Flash Date: 30/03/14
Length: 00:10:58  
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