Hearts & Minds is a half-hour program produced by Idaho Public Television in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The program profiles four different teens with different mental illnesses, showing the challenges they faced and how they have learned to live with their diagnosis. You can watch the show in our online video player.

Holly, 18, has a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that manifests in hair-pulling. Jennifer, 19, started hearing voices and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Brandon, 16, became deeply depressed when his home life deteriorated. Amy, 16, began "acting out" and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

By talking about their illnesses, as well as their treatment, these young people show that brain disorders can affect anyone. They also illustrate that there is hope and help for people with mental illness. View the teacher resources.

The documentary was first broadcast in 1999, and garnered a George Foster Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in broadcast television.


  • AmyAmy, 16, and enjoys hanging out with friends and family and raising pigs for 4H competitions. Amy hopes to become a lawyer. She has been diagnosed with manic depression, or bi-polar disorder.

    Learn more about manic depression/bi-polar disorder.

  • BrandonBrandon, 17, enjoys drawing, counseling other teens, and driving his new truck. He is entering the military and hopes to go to college. Brandon has been diagnosed with depression.

      Learn more about depression.

  • HollyHolly, 18, grew up in southeastern Idaho. She enjoys playing the piano, collecting Barbie dolls and being with her new husband Adam. She is in college and hopes to study business or nursing. Holly has been diagnosed with a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

    Learn more about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • JenniferJennifer, 20, enjoys being with her friends, walking, and cooking. She hopes to help others like her. Jennifer has a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

    Learn more about schizophrenia.

If you would like a copy of the Hearts & Minds DVD, you can order it online, or you can call Idaho Public Television at 877-224-7200.