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Submit Sound Bites for Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

The Well Beings community invites you to submit audio sound bites to be considered for a new documentary series, titled Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, a Ewers Brothers Production, Executive Produced by Ken Burns. Send in an audio recording of you, with family or friends, talking about your mental health journey in everyday life. Audio clips can be anonymous submissions, or you can identify yourself. Audio submissions are preferred, but we will accept video submissions.

Submissions can be made here: https://bit.ly/33Ks6aJ

The following prompts may be used, but are not required:

  • What does it feel like?
  • How do you cope with your challenges?
  • Are there any specific moments that may have contributed to your mental health challenges?
  • How do you feel around other people?
  • What/who makes you feel supported and understood?

Multiple submissions will be accepted, and each submission should be three minutes, maximum for consideration. Selected submissions may be featured in the documentary series or on WellBeings.org.

DISCLAIMER: By voluntarily submitting my audio/video via this online form, I agree to allow WETA to use my audio/video and appearance, in all media and in perpetuity, on all WETA and WellBeings digital platforms for its Mental Health campaign, as well as in Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness (w.t.) at WETA’s discretion.


A Message from Ewers Brothers Production

November 24, 2020

We are very pleased to announce our forthcoming documentary series on Mental Health.

Executive produced by America’s foremost documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, our three-film series will serve as the foundation of a ten-year project by WETA to address the mental health crisis in America…and the world. While the overall project will take on multiple issues, our goal is to demonstrate that we’re not just facing a bipolar crisis or schizophrenia crisis or addiction crisis—we are facing a worldwide mental health crisis that impacts everyone, whether in their own life or the lives of family, friends, and colleagues.

To make a major shift in public awareness and perception of mental health challenges, we first must confront the issues of awareness, silence, discrimination, and stigma forcefully and decisively. Ken Burns’s style of storytelling is uniquely suited to do this by revealing the timelessness and universality of human experience. In other words, mental health concerns are humanity’s common struggle.

To this end, we will be giving people with mental health conditions and their advocates the opportunity to bear witness to the adversity they are facing or have faced. We believe that by sharing their experiences we normalize them, and in doing so encourage similar individuals who are struggling to take action. This intimate and open forum will also help educate others who misunderstand or are less accepting of these types of diseases. We are filming these interviews in a way that invites viewers to identify with the condition in a visceral way—to say after watching it: “I never knew that,” or “Yes, this could be me,” or, frequently, “Yes, this is me…and it’s time for me to speak up and to seek help.”

The focus of our first film is youth mental health. In addition to interviewing experts, we’re reaching out to schools, youth groups, and organizations to find kids across the country representing a wide variety of demographics and diagnoses who are willing to talk to us about their own mental health issues. In our second film, we will focus more on middle aged adults and the evidence-based solutions that are being used to help people of all ages.

For more information please email Julie Coffman (Producer) at julie@ewersbrothers.com.

Yours sincerely,

The Ewers Brothers Productions Team

WellBeings.org is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741), or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.