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Berkshire International Film Festival & the Austen Riggs Center Present a Special Community Event: “Shine the Light” a Screening and Conversation About Youth Mental Illness and Suicide Prevention
October 14, 2022
This event will screen the documentary Ken Burns presents Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, a special showing of the PSA, UP ON THE ROOF with Carole King, and a conversation with filmmakers, special guests and experts from Austen Riggs

NowThis and Ken Burns to Highlight Youth Mental Health Journeys during Mental Health Awareness Month This May
May 10, 2022
NowThis will highlight youth mental health issues utilizing content from the upcoming PBS documentary, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, which premieres in June and is executive produced by Ken Burns, directed by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers and produced by WETA Washington, D.C.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness
March 2, 2022
WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public media station in the nation’s capital, announced today that Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, a documentary about the mental health crisis among youth in America, will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on June 27 and 28, 2022 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS, and the PBS Video app.

WETA and Well Beings Launch Series of Documentary Shorts Calling Attention to the Rural Health Crisis in America
January 10, 2022
Today, Well Beings announces a new two-part digital-first documentary short series, Remote Chance: Rural Health Care in America. The series spotlights real, powerful stories to raise awareness about mental and other health care needs for Americans living in remote and rural areas. From lack of services to isolation and ethnic inequities, the series presents facts and figures in two poignant episodes and two short clips by award-winning filmmaker Elizabeth Arledge to shine a light on this crisis.

WETA and Well Beings To Host “Tell My Story: Identifying and Preventing Teen Suicide” Virtual Event
September 21, 2021
Today, Well Beings announces it will host a one-hour virtual conversation, Tell My Story: Identifying and Preventing Teen Suicide, on Thursday, September 23 at 7 P.M. ET/ 4 P.M. PT on Convened as part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the panel will focus on the critically acclaimed film Tell My Story, which documents the journey of a grieving father, Jason Reid, who seeks answers after his 14-year-old son dies by suicide.

Public Media’s Mental Health Campaign Well Beings Celebrates One Year Of Impact Focused On Youth Mental Health
August 16, 2021
Today, Well Beings celebrates its one-year debut with the Youth Mental Health Project, which is the first major project of the multi-year, multi-platform campaign that provides programming and resources to promote mental and physical health, raise awareness, educate, reduce stigma and discrimination and change the national conversation. 

WETA to Broadcast Tell My Story Documentary Chronicling a Father’s Quest for Answers Following Son’s Suicide
June 14, 2021
Today, Well Beings announces the premiere of its new film, Tell My Story. The critically acclaimed film documenting the journey of a grieving father seeking answers after his 14-year-old son dies by suicide is set to air on Monday, June 21 at 9 PM on WETA PBS with an encore presentation on Saturday, June 26 at 8 PM on WETA Metro. The feature-length film chronicles the heartbreaking journey of Jason Reid as he looks for the signals he may have missed with his son while uncovering painful truths about the lives of teens in the process.

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 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. 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.