Arizona PBS premiering two-part, Ken Burns-produced documentaryon youth mental health crisis June 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.

PBS Arizona will air a new two-part documentary on the nation’s ongoing youth mental health crisis Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. presented by Ken Burns and created by directors Eric Ewers and Christopher Lauren Ewers. Part of a four-hour film, Hiding in Sight: Mental Illness of Young People, is part of Well Beings, a nationwide campaign by public media to demystify our physical and mental health through storytelling.

The project premieres on PBS stations nationwide next week, and features first-person accounts of more than 20 young adults, ages 11 to 27, with mental health conditions, as well as parents, teachers, friends and health care providers in their countries. . Lives and Independent Mental Health Experts. The film offers an unparalleled window into everyday life with mental health challenges, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and in doing so helps transform the public perception of mental health issues today.

co-directors and co-producers Eric Ewers and Christopher Lauren Evers said. “We hope that by bringing these experiences to a broadcast and internet audience, our film will help highlight how common mental health challenges are – and how global they really are.”

“We hope this movie will save lives,” said Executive Producer Ken Burns. “As a society, we continue to test the resilience of young people without really understanding how the stresses of today are affecting them.”

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness is a core part of Well Beings, a multi-year, multi-platform health campaign including feature-length documentaries, short original digital content, user-generated storytelling, digital and social media campaign, community events, and educational curricula. Created by the Greater Washington Educational Communication Association (WETA) with support from a broad coalition of national and local partners.

This spring, Arizona PBS was awarded a WETA grant to support future community engagement activities related to a youth mental health crisis. More information about these efforts will be announced in the coming months.

“We’ve all seen how the stresses and uncertainties of our world continue to affect young people in our communities,” Ferrwell, Arizona PBS General Manager, Adrian R. “I am grateful that WETA, Ken Burns, and Well Beings have collaborated to amplify such an important conversation nationally, and I am delighted that we will be able to do the same here in Arizona next week with the film’s premiere and beyond with upcoming community engagement efforts.”

Those who wish to join the online conversation about youth mental health can do so by tagging Tweet embed And the Tweet embed and using #PlainSightPBS and #WellBeings on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness will be available to stream simultaneously on all PBS-branded platforms, including and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV and Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO. Members of the Arizona PBS Program can watch many series, documentaries, and specials via PBS Passport.

For more information on “Hide in Sight” and related resources, click here.

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Well Beings was launched in July 2020 with the Youth Mental Health Project, to engage youth voices to create a national conversation, raise awareness, tackle stigma and discrimination, and encourage empathy. Well Beings was created by WETA Washington, DC, the nation’s capital city’s premier public media station, bringing together partners from across the country, including people with living experience of health challenges, families, caregivers, educators, medical and mental health professionals, Social service agencies, private organizations, filmmakers, corporations, and media sponsors, to create awareness and resources to improve health and well-being. Other featured Well Beings projects address rural healthcare, delivery of care, childhood cancer survival, and more.


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