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WPBS Marks Mental Health Awareness Month in May

WATERTOWN, NY (April 28, 2022) –

For over 70 years, the month of May has been dedicated to raising mental health awareness. Approximately 44 million adults in the U.S. are living with a mental illness, and more than half of them do not receive any mental health treatment. The pandemic has exacerbated mental health challenges for many.

On the afternoon of Sunday, May 1st WPBS kicks off this important month with the broadcast of three outstanding documentaries:

Not Broken (2:00 pm) – A candid, unflinching yet hopeful portrait of youth living with mental health challenges.

Medicating Normal (3:00 pm) – The untold story of the very serious consequences that can occur when profit-driven medicine intersects with human beings in distress.

The Definition of Insanity (4:00 pm) – A team of dedicated Miami-Dade County public servants work to help people with mental illness navigate from lives of tragedy to possibility.

WPBS will also be airing short “interstitial” spots focused on mental health throughout the month.

And, looking forward to June, we are eagerly anticipating the premiere broadcast of Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, a two-part, four-hour documentary from Ken Burns’ Florentine Films that explores America’s mental health crisis through the eyes of more than twenty young people, and their family, friends, providers and advocates.

Hiding in Plain Sight airs on WPBS on Monday, June 27th & Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00 pm.


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