The Island (A Documentary)

The Island (A Documentary)

The Island is a documentary that discusses suicide and its’ effect on others, not to mention the person who committed it. This documentary deals mainly with Canada, but will apply everywhere.  Worth the watch!

See how some people may view suicide — while as a horrible act — as a person being a weak, uncomfortable to be around person. This of course, would make a person even more depressed.  Hopefully, documentaries such as this will help people understand the stigma related to suicides, and suicides will decrease over time.

The Lobotomists

2011 marks the 75th anniversary that many would prefer to forget: of the first lobotomy in the US. It was performed by an ambitious young American neurologist called Walter Freeman. Over his career, Freeman went on to perform perhaps 3,000 lobotomies, on both adults and later on children. He often performed 10 procedures or more a day. Perhaps 40,000 patients in the US were lobotomized during the heyday of the operation – and an estimated 17,000 more in the UK.

This program tells the story of three key figures in the strange history of lobotomy – and for the first time explores the popularity of lobotomy in the UK in detail.

Face the Issue

Features narrated animations and facts about addiction, eating disorders, depression, and other mental health concerns.  Adds a “real-life” dimension to each disorder listed on the site.  A must see.

Alternative Considerations of Jonestown

Jonestown is a word with several meanings. First, it refers to an agricultural project established by the Peoples Temple, a religious group based in California which moved to Guyana in the late 1970s to establish a religious utopia. Second, it refers to the events of November 18, 1978 in which a U.S. Congressman was assassinated, along with four other individuals, at a jungle airstrip; these tragic killings were followed by the mass suicides/murders of 900 men, women, and children by ingesting potassium cyanide mixed into a vat of punch and tranquilizers. Third, the word “Jonestown” has been used to describe any New Religious Movement which may or may not have the potential for violence, as in “Heaven’s Gate was another Jonestown.”

Unfortunately, those from the past and the Jonestown Massacre/Suicide cannot be brought back, but we can indeed learn from the past.  Read about Jonestown here, and see what can be learned from the past.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

From Dr. Phillip Zimbardo, himself:  “Welcome to the Stanford Prison Experiment web site, which features an extensive slide show and information about this classic psychology experiment, including parallels with the abuse of prisoners at Abu Gharib. What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph? These are some of the questions we posed in this dramatic simulation of prison life conducted in the summer of 1971 at Stanford University.

How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended prematurely after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our prisoners became depressed and showed signs of extreme stress. Please join me on a slide tour describing this experiment and uncovering what it tells us about the nature of human nature.”


Out of the Shadow