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WPBS-TV to Broadcast Teen Mental Health Documentaries in September 2023

WATERTOWN, NY (September 18, 2023) – According to a health warning recently issued by the U.S. Surgeon General, youth mental health is an emerging crisis of enormous proportions, exacerbated by pandemic hardships. We take a closer look at the topic with a powerful lineup of documentaries in September, including:

Sunday, September 24

Now Return Us to Normal (11:30 am)

In this healing personal essay documentary, a filmmaker and her fellow classmates confront the trauma brought on by their years at a behavior modification boarding school.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Storm (1:00 pm)

The first two-hour episode of this riveting documentary, produced by Ken Burns focuses on the lived experience of more than twenty young people with mental health challenges, along with the observations and insights of families, providers, and advocates.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Resilience (3:00 pm)

In this episode, our “heroes” speak about finding help, inpatient and outpatient therapy, the added stigma of racial or gender discrimination, the criminalization of mental illness, and youth suicide.

Tuesday, September 26

My Ascension (8:00 pm)

At just 16 years old, varsity cheerleader Emma Benoit decided life wasn’t worth living anymore. MY ASCENSION is the story of the day that changed Emma’s life, and everything that’s happened since.

For years, she quietly struggled with anxiety and depression, too ashamed to share her pain with family or friends. Through navigating the challenges of recovery, she discovers purpose and passion in helping other struggling teens.

An inspiring look at Emma’s story, including firsthand experiences of families, friends, school officials, and suicide prevention experts. The film does not shy away from the difficult realities of the ongoing youth suicide crisis but shares valuable resources to help keep teens safe.

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