On Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28 at 8:00 pm, Arizona PBS will premiere a new two-part documentary about the nation’s ongoing youth mental health crisis. -private, four-hour film titled “Hiding in plain sight: the mental illness of youthis part of Well Beings, a national public media campaign to demystify and destigmatize our physical and mental health through storytelling.

Premieres on PBS stations nationwide next week. The project features first-person accounts from more than 20 young people aged 11 to 27 with mental illness, as well as parents, teachers, friends, healthcare professionals in their lives, and independent mental health experts. The film provides an unadorned window into everyday life with mental health issues, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness and silence, and in doing so contributes to a shift in today’s public perception of mental health issues.

“We interviewed a group of brave young people across the country with a variety of diagnoses who spoke openly with us and shared intimate and often painful details of their path to mental health,” said directors and co-producers Eric Evers and Christopher Lauren Evers. “We hope that by presenting this experience to TV viewers and online audiences, our film will help shed light on just how common – how truly universal – mental health problems are.”

“We hope this movie saves lives,” said executive producer Ken Burns. “As a society, we continue to test the resilience of young people without understanding how they are affected by today’s stresses.”

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Mental Illness of Youth is the centerpiece of a multi-platform, multi-platform Wellbeing campaign that includes other feature-length documentaries, short original digital content, user-generated stories, digital and social media. campaign, community events and curriculum created by the Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA) with the support of a broad coalition of national and local partners.

This spring, Arizona PBS received a grant from WETA to support future community engagement activities related to the youth mental health crisis. More details on these efforts will be announced in the coming months.

“We have all seen how the pressures and uncertainties of our world continue to affect the youth in our communities,” said Arizona PBS CEO Adrienne R. Fairwell. “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 premiere and beyond with the upcoming efforts. community engagement.”

Those wishing to join the online youth mental health conversation can do so by checking @ArizonaPBS as well as @WellBeingsOrg and using #PlainSightPBS and #WellBeings on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Mental Illness of Youth” will be available for streaming simultaneously with the broadcast on all PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video app, available for iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO. PBS members in Arizona can view many series, documentaries and specials through PBS Passport.

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About Arizona PBS

Arizona PBS is one of the nation’s leading public media organizations with four broadcast channels and a growing array of digital platforms. For 60 years, trusted by the community, PBS Arizona has promoted lifelong learning through quality programming, in-depth news coverage, and critical educational services. It is one of the largest public television stations in the country, reaching 80 percent of Arizona homes and 1.9 million households weekly. Arizona PBS has been part of ASU since the station’s launch in 1961. Find out more at

About well-being

The charitable creatures were launched in July 2020 as part of the Youth Mental Health project, engaging youth voices to create a nationwide dialogue, raise awareness, fight stigma and discrimination, and promote compassion. The Well Beings program was created by WETA Washington, D.C., the nation’s leading public media station, and brings together partners from across the country, including people with a lifetime of health experiences, families, caregivers, educators, healthcare professionals, and healthcare professionals. mental health. social service agencies, private foundations, filmmakers, corporations and media sponsors, to raise awareness and resources to improve health and wellness. Other projects featured by Well Beings focus on rural health care, child care, survival of children with cancer, and more.


WETA is the leading public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational initiatives and high-quality programming on television, radio and digital. WETA Washington DC is the second largest new content production station for public television in the United States, with production and co-production including filmmaker Ken Burns and Florentine Films such as the upcoming BENJAMIN FRANKLIN; and scientist Henry Louis Gates, Jr., including the series “SEARCHING YOUR ROOTS”; and PBS NEWSHOUR, WASHINGTON WEEK, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS GERSHWIN POPULAR SONG PRIZE, KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN AWARD, and WHITE HOUSE PERFORMANCE. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is President and CEO. More information about WETA, its programs and services is available at

About PBS

PBS, with over 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches more than 120 million people on TV and 26 million people online, inviting them to explore the worlds of science, history, nature and community affairs; hear different points of view; and take front row seats for world-class dramas and performances. PBS’s wide range of programming has consistently been awarded the industry’s most coveted awards. Teachers of pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services to help bring lessons to life in the classroom. Decades of research confirms that PBS’s leading children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children develop critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to succeed in school and in life. Broadcast by member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on television, including a 24/7 channel, online, through many mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available atwww.pbs.orgone of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by subscribing toPBS on Twitter,facebookor through ourapps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and press updates are available centeror followingPBS communications on Twitter.

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