Mental Health: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

  • Published on Oct 5, 2015
  • John Oliver explains how our national system of treating mental health works, or more often than not, how it doesn’t.
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  • chairmanofrussia
    chairmanofrussia 5 hours ago

    America is so draconian. And the worst part is that it doesn’t have to be this way-obviously so. And we still get it wrong.

  • Christina Penner
    Christina Penner 2 days ago

    Thank you John Oliver. From your mouth to someone that can do something about its ears & gives a shit.

  • Bill Harris
    Bill Harris 3 days ago

    Yet another eff up by jfk.
    A person needs to be treated, they are sent to a facility. The facility says they are not a danger to themselves or others and they are sent back to where they started. Another incident happens they go to a facility........
    Decades pass the family has to handle episodes indefinitely

  • Sarah Yong
    Sarah Yong 3 days ago

    Why did they bleep "clusterfuck" ?

  • Ale Titan
    Ale Titan 3 days ago

    1:25 "insane" is actually a legal term regarding mental illness. Not medical

  • Sarah Waterman
    Sarah Waterman 5 days ago

    Since the year of 2010, I have been going to an institution known as ETS. From the time I was a minor they would put me in the adolescent unit for about a week & then they let me go, there were even practices of rehabilitation in that unit, However by the time I became an adult in the eyes of the state, they stopped putting me into a unit altogether & started to put me in something I can't even call a unit or a room for that matter. They refer to it as an emergency room of some sort & the treatment I would receive there was little to none. All they do is keep me in there for a few hours to about day or so, & have me take medication where at this point I doubt are even my usual prescriptions, instead they give whatever they think would put me to sleep sooner & quicker, at least so then they wouldn't have to worry about doing their jobs which is to help people like me. Also getting any sleep at all in that place is damn near impossible. because if the stiff reclining chairs aren't bad enough they also keep the lights on so they can "keep an eye on us." because of that I would put some blankets over my eyes to block out the light, I've also have caught a few colds because they have the a/c on too damn high. Not to mention the ventilation is filthy, so it isn't any wonder to how I get sick. Oh, and if you think prison food is bad, they don't even give you an actual meal, if anything they'll just give you a box with a sandwich and some other stuff that could be easily thrown in the trash. The only place they have close to be considered "outside" is this small walled up space & all we can see is the sky, Once when I was out there I saw what I can only describe as the biggest cockroach I have ever seen. One of them went crawling inside the building & some people freaked, whereas I was thinking that a health inspector would be having a field day shutting this hell hole down. Also the staff there can range from being rude to intimidating to the patients. & the restraints they put on these people are ridiculous. I remember one of the patients attacked another patient & later I noticed he had a cast on his arm sometime after he was restrained by the staff. Yeah they broke his arm! To me it feels like any of the staff don't even remotely think of people like me as humans. It really feels as though we are all the same to them & the sooner we get discharged and their check goes into the mail the better. but I have gone there about 45 times since 2010 & they still don't get the memo. It really seems to me as though that any form of mental heath establishment or even Special ed programs are nothing more than a baby-sitting service to the people that work In them. Maybe a mental patient running the ward doesn't sound so bad. Especially considering that the "normal people" running it are more mentally ill than you realize. And this is coming from someone with Autism.

  • Lily Monster
    Lily Monster 5 days ago

    I'm so in love with John

  • ibn Saeed1
    ibn Saeed1 6 days ago

    My sympathy for any mental patient

  • Josh Freeman
    Josh Freeman 9 days ago

    Yeah yeah I'm with ya!!! Its like when Twilight meets let that sink in for a second....

  • CloudsGirl7
    CloudsGirl7 11 days ago

    Don't worry, I wouldn't be thinking of *that* when I see a can of Coca-Cola, I would actually be thinking "Who the hell drinks that swill?"

  • sweetwildflower
    sweetwildflower 11 days ago

    Utah is well known for the Grey hound bus one way transportation....for the mentally ill and the drug addiction criminals.

  • Chris Summers
    Chris Summers 12 days ago

    In 2013 43.8 million adults in us had a mental illness

  • Lazt
    Lazt 12 days ago

    Speaking as someone who lost their business due to Trump & the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) cutting mental health, John speaks the truth about the current state of mental health.

  • Squirrel Lover
    Squirrel Lover 14 days ago

    2019 mass shootings have gotten worse

  • allspaced out
    allspaced out 16 days ago

    As someone who has moderate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, along with diagnosis twice, I can say that this episode paints the pictures of what mental illness is. How it should never be stigmatized, how it should be talked about with correct facts, how the USA should make a plan, and how we should care for our population, who has a steady growth of mental illness. Unfortunately, there is nothing in place...
    I only take medication, but I cannot find the right therapist for help. And with the issues of insurance, I don't know who can accept or deny. Thank you, John, for bringing this to light.
    (I have anxiety/depression due to an abusive household and a different neglectful household I went through. I have insomnia due to my constant fears of danger at night.)

  • Vita Malr
    Vita Malr 16 days ago

    Its amazing how a supposed 1st world - top of the line country functions so bad .
    If the US didnt have that absurd amount of money it would be One of the must deplorable places on earth.
    Mental health patients and drug addicts are not criminals , they are in pain, they dont need prison, they need a hospital.

  • Andrew Harper
    Andrew Harper 16 days ago

    I think Dr Phil was thinking back to Ozzy Osbourne and his classic Bark at the Moon.

  • John Doe
    John Doe 17 days ago

    Your statistic says "were perpetrated by people not diagnosed with a mental illness" which, not being diagnosed doesn't mean you don't have one, and your stat isn't looking at mass shootings, it's looking at gun-related killings. I'm not sure what that means, but my guess is it doesn't include suicides, and does include gang violence, that making up almost 80% of gun homicide and all.

  • Jason Brown
    Jason Brown 20 days ago

    "Lil Wayne lyrics are our greatest source of sexual education" 😂😂

  • Jason Brown
    Jason Brown 20 days ago

    "Real esnake agent" 😂😂

  • Jesse Meyer
    Jesse Meyer 21 day ago

    Thank you Ronald Reagan.

  • CrazyKT
    CrazyKT 22 days ago

    The closing of this video gave me goosebumps! John, you’re something so special to America. I’m not sure you realize how impactful you are. You’ve saved me many times simply by speaking out about things everyone is thinking but no one has the balls to say. Mad respect.

  • CrazyKT
    CrazyKT 22 days ago

    Realesnake- I laughed so hard. Very punny John. Very punny.

  • Jaime Ramos
    Jaime Ramos 22 days ago

    He did Quizno’s sooo dirty 😂😂😂

  • Sykersomatic
    Sykersomatic 24 days ago

    As a mentally ill person, I want to tell John Oliver to leave Quiznos the fuck alone.

  • 1020 1020
    1020 1020 25 days ago +1

    President Trump is building lots of new institutions to lock these people away, experiment with useless lives and then NO MORE WORRIES. Didn’t you hear? And his black maid Dr Carson is going to help him

  • Cookie And me 23
    Cookie And me 23 25 days ago

    That ending there was no funny skit at the end just an abrupt cut off to show how serious And important it is

  • Hugh Mann
    Hugh Mann 26 days ago

    Since when does big pharmacy discriminate against the dollar? The fact that pharmacies have decided not to market opiods to black americans is very disturbing to me.. thats trillions of dollars.

  • Hugh Mann
    Hugh Mann 26 days ago

    This is how absolutely jacked up our mental "health system" is.. THERE HAS BEEN A MASS MISS DIAGNOSIIS!! Somehow a word was taken out of text and used to create a whole new "mental health" field of study.. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN AUTISM SPECTREM. While studying scizophrenia a Psycologist originally coined the term "autistic" to describe CHILDREN WITH SCIZOPHRENIA.. Those "unique extremely intelligent people with "aspburgers syndrome" are scizophrenics.. "aspurgers syndrome" is the words for scizophrenics that haven't been demonized by society, friends, family, coworkers, mental health "professionals". People with "aspburgers" are scizophrenics that have a support system, they are the result of positive perspective of a mental illness. Theyre paranoia lvls seem to run lower, but their paranoia wasn't enforced, compunded and made worst because everyone listens to them.. But were "P A R A N O I D scizophrenic.. i know some kin thats been diagnosed with "aspurgers syndrom", they don't talk to me because im scizophrenic and "produce stress".. i would laugh in their face that were both scizophrenic., but im "scizophrenic", nobody believes me.. We can start by getting rid of the word scizophrenic.The medications are the same.

  • Joe Baumgart
    Joe Baumgart 27 days ago

    My mommy had me vaccinated and I caught the Spergs!

  • Sloan Eisenbart
    Sloan Eisenbart Month ago

    It's been great slipping through the cracks all these years.
    All the fun jails, and nice people I've met in shelters and being homeless.

  • bryceisender
    bryceisender Month ago

    I know this is kinda off topic but my doctor said that people who have an iron deffeciancy have a tendency to eat ice cubes.

  • Gwyneth Cunningham
    Gwyneth Cunningham Month ago

    It’s disappointing that they didn’t mention jfk’s sister (rosemary) in this

  • Cassandra
    Cassandra Month ago

    *snuggles my grayhound* grayhound therapy should involve cuddling grayhounds they are lovely, kind and serprisingly cuddly dogs with the nicest nature.

  • Samantha Ellwood
    Samantha Ellwood Month ago

    me with my many mental disorders:Jerry we have an issue

  • Adrian Dostoevsky
    Adrian Dostoevsky Month ago

    Thank you LWT.

  • Betty Pringle
    Betty Pringle Month ago

    The way those with a brain disorder are treated is unconscionable and reprehensible. The brain is an organ of our bodies like our hearts, liver and lungs - yet it is so discriminated against in terms of loving care and treatment in good facilities, society's misunderstanding and not truly interested in helping in any way. We parents are struggling with our loved ones who have this disorder and doing so all alone. Final note here - we do not blame those with cancer or heart trouble or any other serious illness when a tragedy occurs. We parents are so heartbroken over our loved ones illness and then to have to deal with the uncaring media and public is heart-wrenching. When will our loved ones be treated with the dignity and respect they truly deserve. I've noticed the children who are developmental disabled are treated and looked upon with such caring and tenderness. I WISH THE SAME FOR THOSE WITH A BRAIN DISORDER. AMEN. 8/16/19

  • Willie Richard Johnson Projects

    Takin me on a bummer

  • Ian Goode
    Ian Goode Month ago

    I hate to see that this has been going on for so many years, I mean just last week we had anouther mass shooting with almost 31 days! The twitter war that ensued for about the next 10 days caused the same Republican deferral to Mental Health, but it will soon just fade away until anouther mass shooting flared the conversation again.

  • DroneXFun
    DroneXFun Month ago

    Everybody needs to be educated about mental health. Start in grade school and continue through college. If everybody is aware of mental illnesses and if we could spot problems earlier maybe more people would get help and maybe we would have fewer mass killings.

  • the battle blaster
    the battle blaster Month ago

    White privileges isn't mental illness. Being entitled

  • ItTakesTechnique
    ItTakesTechnique Month ago

    Sad how this was recommended to me a week after Dayton & El Paso. No progress at all. Only thing in common with every mass shooting....the guns. Need strict gun laws😔 I’m scared to be in crowded places with my loved way to live

  • Cat A
    Cat A Month ago

    It is August 2019 and nothing has changed

  • Myah Gloom
    Myah Gloom Month ago

    This was posted in 2015 and it’s now 2019 and everything has gotten worse. John for President 2020 please.....

  • Buttface Mgeee
    Buttface Mgeee Month ago +1

    State: we're done with you, just go out on a bus ... somewhere

  • shepherd Young
    shepherd Young Month ago

    all over again.

  • Jason Firewalker
    Jason Firewalker Month ago +1

    Name 1 person you know who has narcissistic personality disorder.

  • Anonymous [26490]
    Anonymous [26490] Month ago +1

    Rewatching this after the two shootings earlier this week, nothing has changed. If anything, it’s only gotten worse.

  • moongirl -
    moongirl - Month ago

    I’m watching this after the El paso and Ohio shootings and after hearing the president and other people talk about banning those with mental health from guns. I’m so sick of this god

  • Kazman2007
    Kazman2007 Month ago

    Aaaaaaand were right back to it.

  • Acting The Maggot
    Acting The Maggot Month ago +2

    This episode still hits home for me. In the wake of the recent shootings in Dayton and El Paso, mental health is still being used to steer the conversation away from basic, effective gun control. Even more than halfway through 2019, this issue continues with no sure sign of improvement. It's already insulting enough that the people using this argument are complacent in a life where America doesn't fear if another attack like this will happen, but when and where it will happen next. It's even more insulting when they use mental illness as a scapegoat without considering the misguided and potentially dangerous misinformation it spreads regarding people like me. Even after all this, I still can't thank this show enough for delivering important facts on a variety of topics in such entertaining format.

  • Sadie R
    Sadie R Month ago +4

    After the El Paso shooting, almost FOUR YEARS after this video, our country is still putting the blame on the mentally ill instead of the bigoted violence on the rise.

  • Caroline Cooke
    Caroline Cooke Month ago +1

    As a girl with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and panic disorder, going to my psychiatrist and my therapist is very helpful. Locking people up and sending people away doesn’t help at all, so please stop doing it. It doesn’t work. *Also, I think the crisis intervention is a great idea and should be in every state.*

  • Nickola Langford
    Nickola Langford Month ago

    1:45 no it means they are a warewolf

  • Tyler Keller
    Tyler Keller Month ago

    Was Tampa Bays baseball team forced to ditch "Devil" in front of their name because of the insanely bullshit world we live in?

  • MsArrika
    MsArrika Month ago +1

    "Then the very least we owe them is a fucking plan"
    The only thing missing there was the mic drop. 😂 This guy's brilliant.

  • Jeffrey Tanguay
    Jeffrey Tanguay Month ago

    2:50- that's a bit misleading. 22,000 of the 36,000 annual deaths are by suicide. A chunk of that 14,000 is also done generally in criminal related activities that can have innocent bystanders (e.g. Chicago)

  • Calhoon Williams
    Calhoon Williams Month ago


  • Ja Libi
    Ja Libi Month ago +1

    Real esnake agent

  • Frances Duty
    Frances Duty Month ago

    Not all mentally ill people are killers but all killers are mentally ill. Sometimes the mentally ill are suffering from abuses in their young lives.