Professional Education Utility

Hospital Health Care Educators use the mental health film library for health care provider continuing education reviews.

I especially love using Symptom Media to teach newly licensed registered nurses about the exciting world of mental health nursing. The videos are also a great way for long-term nurses to review their knowledge and skills in a short, entertaining way.

Karen Wall, MA, RN-BC, BSN, Maj, US Army (Ret)
Mental Health Nurse Educator, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Doctoral Candidate, Argosy University

Nursing Staff use the films for nursing education and ancillary staff within their hospitals or departments in which they work.

Nurse Managers/Social Workers/Case Managers use the films for individual patient education so their patients can better understand their diagnosis.

My other favorite use of the videos is to provide education to veterans who are struggling with mental illness. Being able to watch the videos helps them understand their illness as an enhancement to any verbal or written materials they receive. They enjoy watching the video and being able to discuss the content with me afterwards.

Karen Wall, MA, RN-BC, BSN, Maj, US Army (Ret)
Mental Health Nurse Educator, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Doctoral Candidate, Argosy University

Case Managers use the films as a means of family member education as Mental Illness impacts the entire family system. They share that viewing of the films provide a “conversation point” surrounding the impact of both the person with the mental illness and how the family can provide appropriate support.

Psychologists, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Counselors use the films during therapy sessions – using the video with the diagnosis that matches the patients as a “reference point” for that patient session. They report that the videos “visually helps the client better understand their diagnosis and that they are not the only one facing this issue.”

As a Veteran of the Afghanistan War (2004-2005), I wanted to say thank you. To be honest, even though I have personally experienced the affects of military experience, I have never seen such informative videos that break-down my symptoms. Case-in-point, watching the videos helped me identify stronger with adjustment disorder, as I have been dealing with the guilt I felt for what I did to the local people. Compound that with the anger I had for the fact that the entire mission having seemingly no honor, and you it starts to paint a picture that blurs lines in the healing process. It is a very tough challenge and the information provided by Symptom Media is wonderful.

Military VeteranAfghanistan War (2004-2005)

Some OB/GYN nurses working with Postpartum Depression use the film with some patient populations as “means of group therapy” and conversation points of having that particular population base better understand their symptoms.

Public Health Staff Educators take the films into the community to increase awareness regarding Mental Illness.