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To accompany the upcoming film, Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness A film by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, WETA is developing a comprehensive educational resource kit for use by educators, administrators, school support staff, counselors, social workers, and first responders who work directly with, and for, young people.

The Well Beings Educator Toolkit will include resources from various partner organizations who are experts in their field and have significant experience producing materials to support student mental health. We believe that a school is a community and it is important that every level of that community works together to support students. That is why we work with our partners to adapt existing materials to produce a curated toolkit with tailored resources serving the broader education community.

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Remember to tune in to Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness on June 27 and 28th 9/8c.

Withdrawal | Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Lucas describes how he went from being a good student in middle school to becoming socially paralyzed by anxiety in high school. “If something was out of place when I woke up, like a strand of hair… I’d just lock myself in my room and say, ‘I can’t go.’”

Social Media | Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Ava, Lucas and Samantha discuss the bullying, pressure to meet unrealistic beauty standards, and fear of being excluded that can be triggered by social media interactions.

Stigma | Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

“The things my ancestors went through, it’s shown through alcohol abuse, addictions, non-stable families, toxic relationships… That’s the burden that indigenous youth deal with every day.” Alexis discusses the generational trauma and stigma associated with being an indigenous person in America.

For guidance on starting the conversation with youth about their mental health journeys, check out the Well Beings Mental Health Language Guide 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.