Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Mental Health - Mumford

Despite the elevated symptoms and discomfort this winter of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) I am focusing on this time as an adventure in connecting with mental health organizations, professionals and experts worldwide. My vision is to share my movie tips as powerful Resilience Resources that could help others. I’ve been using my social media channels like twitter and achieved fantastic results!

I have discovered over 30 mental health related twitter accounts in Canada, US and the UK.. Several have favorited my tweets or messaged me such the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, author of Winter Blues (see tip#804). It was exciting to hear from Dr. Rosenthal who tweeted “You have some great movies in there, thank you for sharing” in response to seeing my Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & SAD (see tip#811)

Another exciting connection I made was with Anthony Tobia, associate professor of psychiatry at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, US. There Tobia created an innovative course called “Film Depictions to Learn Mental Disease” where students tweet their insights while watching films like Forrest Gump and Silver Linings Playbook.

“Movies can teach so much about psychopathology and psychiatry, including diagnostics, issues of medical ethics, the stigma of mental illness.” Anthony Tobia, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Discovering Tobia’s work thrilled me because it demonstrates a need to learn more about mental health and that films and social media are being used as powerful learning tools. And it just sounds like a lot of fun too! Read more: click here

Mumford (1999)

The romantic comedy-drama film, Mumford, is set in a small, picturesque town where residents are receiving highly effective, offbeat advice from new psychologist Dr. Mumford (Loren Dean). Each case is fascinating and entertainingly quirky with great performances by Dean and Hope Davis, Jason Lee, Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, David Paymer, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Martin Short and Zooey Deschanel in her first film role. See: movie trailer

I really enjoyed this hidden gem of a movie which The New York Times referred to as a “Frank Capra-Style Social Fable”. Dr. Mumford was inspiring because he had a natural talent for listening and that simple gift allowed him to help his clients reveal their secret lives and overcome their challenges quickly. As a result they are quick to support him when his own personal secret is revealed. You will wish you had someone to talk to like Dr. Mumford!

This film is a highly recommended Resilience Resource for entertainment purposes as well as gaining insights on the importance of finding supportive people or counselors for mental health. It also could inspire you to be a good listener for someone else!

Please let me know whatever insights you gained from the movie. I would love to hear from you!

Read Rave Reviews:
Roger Ebert 
Entertainment Weekly 

Related Tips:
Tip#804: Resilience Resources, Part 1 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - The Theory of Everything
Tip#805: Resilience Resources, Part 2 - Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Tip#810: Resilience Resources, Part 3 – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - A League of Their Own
Tip#811: Resilience Resources, Part 4 – Top 15 Movies for Dealing with Depression & Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Tip#812: Resilience Resources, Part 5 – Mental Health - Mumford
Tip#813: Resilience Resources, Part 6 - 50 First Dates 
Tip#819: Resilience Resources, Part 7 - Wild 
Tip#822: Resilience Resources, Part 8 - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Tip#823: Resilience Resources, Part 9 – Super Bowl -Invincible
Tip#825: Resilience Resources, Part 10 – Mental Health & Healthcare - Big Hero 6
Tip#829: Resilience Resources, Part 11 – The Tartigrade – Mr. Deeds Goes To Town
Tip#830: Resilience Resources, Part 12 – Depression & Graham Moore - The Imitation Game 
Tip#833: Resilience Resources, Part 13 – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tip#834: Resilience Resources, Part 14 - Top 10 Movies for Inspiring Resilience in the Workplace
Tip#857: Resilience Resources, Part 15 - Instagram - Pitch Perfect 2
Tip#873: Resilience Resources, Part 16 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Tip#881: Resilience Resources, Part 17 - Love & Mercy
Tip#892: Resilience Resources, Part 18 – Problem Solving - The Martian 
Tip#896: Resilience Resources, Part 19 - Depression – J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Tip#910: Resilience Resources, Part 20 – Depression – A Christmas Carol – It’s a Wonderful Life 


Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

“Movies for Motivation: How To Stay Strong in Your Life & Career”
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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
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