In New Web Series Out of the Dark, Young Black Mental Health Advocates Open Up about Their Struggles with Depression
May 3, 2021
Today, Well Beings premiered its new web series Out of the Dark, which explores three young Black Americans’ experiences with depression and suicidal ideation. The first episode, featuring Olympian Raven Saunders, is now available on WellBeings.org and as part of the PBS Short Docs collection on PBS Voices, a documentary-focused YouTube channel from PBS Digital Studios. Debuting throughout May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, the three-part series showcases the personal stories of three influential youth voices in the mental health space – Olympic shot putter Raven Saunders, notOK app creator Hannah Lucas, and slam poet AKeemjamal Rollins.
Tell My Story Press Release
March 8, 2021
Today, Well Beings premiered its new film, Tell My Story. A grieving father seeks answers after his 14-year-old son dies by suicide. He uncovers painful truths about the lives of teens, the impact of unfettered access to the internet and social media, and the shocking rise of depression among America’s youth. The journey brings him together with young suicide survivors, prevention experts, and parents trying to understand the 70% increase in adolescent suicide. Closer to home, with his family fractured, he examines his son’s technology use to discover what no parent wants to find. Seeking to find the warning signs that were missed, he instead finds ways to reverse the isolation and disconnectedness that is killing our youth.
Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project Debuts “Out of the Dark” Web-Series
February 10, 2021
Today, Well Beings announced the premiere of a new web-series OUT OF THE DARK produced by Redglass Pictures, which will become available for viewing on the newly launched Well Beings website. The three-part web-series showcases the personal stories of three of the most influential youth activists in the mental health space — Olympic athlete Raven Saunders, App Creator Hannah Lucas, and poet AKeem Rollins — as they take on the fundamental question: “How do you define mental toughness?”
50% of Teens Say Pandemic Has Worsened Their Mental Health; Over 70% Believe Pandemic Has Disadvantaged Their Generation
October 15, 2020
Public media survey identifies loneliness, anxiety, and depression as the most common feelings among teens in 2020. Well Beings and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs will also hold a Teens, COVID, and Coping virtual town hall featuring adolescent psychologist Lisa Damour, Counselor of the Year Laura Ross, and teens, moderated by PBS NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz.
National Health Campaign — Well Beings — Launched at NAMICon 2020 with Celebrity Lineup & Focus on Youth Mental Health
July 14, 2020
Featuring Kid Cudi, Alanis Morissette, Billy Porter, Demi Moore, Jewel, Josh Gad, Matthew McConaughey, Finn Wolfhard, Ariel Winter, Lavar Burton, Bill Pullman, Sean Astin, Gabriella Pizzolo, Drew Carey, Ian Alexander, Joel de la Fuente, Darrell Hammond, Eugene Simon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Penn Jillette, Raven Saunders, Scott Bakula, Michael Urie, Rocco DiSpirito, Rachel Nicholes, Judith Ivey, Norm Lewis, Lucas Calhoun, Akilah Hughes, Rema Webb, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jessamyn Blakeslee and more.
WETA Public Media in Washington, D.C. and a Coalition of Public Health Partners Launch National Youth Mental Health Project
May 21, 2020
Well Beings provides teens a platform to share stories and find resources amid the COVID-19 crisis with digital-first content, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs’ journalists report on youth mental health across the country, and Ken Burns to executive produce a documentary on youth mental health.