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Documentary ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness’ airs on PBS

Executive producer Ken Burns presents both the unbearable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and their hope for a better life in a two-part series airing tonight on all PBS platforms and TV 8 at 8 pm CT. Today, the filmmakers of the series and local mental health experts help shed a light on the mental health crisis among America’s youth.


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It is one of the things that traditionally we are uncomfortable talking about – mental health.

It scares some, misunderstood by many more, but it is ever present.

You may be surprised to know just how much it effects our younger generation. According to reports, 75% of mental illness symptoms have onset before age 25, and 50% have onset before age 14.

But what are we doing to better understand it, and to help those dealing with it ?

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, presented by Ken Burns, demonstrates the awareness of mental health across all spectrums of the population and how it has been growing after years living in the pandemic. The film specifically focuses on the particular concerns about the youngest generations.

Today, that's our focus, as we talk with mental health experts, the filmmakers of the series, and address callers who share their personal stories with us.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or mental illness, call the National Hotline for Mental Health Crises and Suicide Prevention at 800-950-6264.


Erik and Christopher Ewers

  • Co-directors of the PBS documentary, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall

  • Retired Associate Superintendent with the Provo City School District
  • Founder of Hope4Utah, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Dr. Jeff Temple

Psychologist and Director of the Center for Violence Prevention at UTMB

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