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Hiding in Plain Sight: Self-Harm

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Self-Harm

“What sane person would think that hurting themselves would stop the pain?” Leah and Billie share their experiences with self harm in “Ken Burns Presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” a film by Ewers Brothers Productions. On demand now on PBS. Learn more at

This four-part, eight hour series follows the journeys of more than 20 young Americans from all over the country and all walks of life, who have struggled with thoughts and feelings that have troubled—and, at times—overwhelmed them. Hiding in Plain Sight presents an unstinting look at both the seemingly insurmountable obstacles faced by those who live with mental disorders and the hope that many have found after that storm.

The film includes insights from families, providers, and advocates and explores the impact of childhood trauma, stigma, and social media. Curated segments of the film are available to support educators in their classrooms, for professional development, and for sparking conversation within the school community.

For related resources in the Hiding in Plain Sight Collection on PBS LearningMedia, visit the link below.

Related Series & Films is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.