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Mental illness is a significant global health crisis—as pervasive as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease—but it often exists in secret and is endured in isolation. 

WMHT will work collaboratively with project partners to center youth voices in discussions around the film and local efforts to support youth facing mental health challenges. WMHT will create multi-platform content that tells stories about youth mental health and wellness topics. WMHT will serve as a bridge between partners with the goals of allowing youth to lead, creating awareness around youth mental health work in our area, getting communities connected to the resources they need, and encouraging our shared and unique audiences to be part of the discussion. 

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: YOUTH MENTAL ILLNESS features first-person accounts from more than 20 young people, ranging in age from 11 to 27, who live with mental health conditions, as well as parents, teachers, friends, healthcare providers in their lives, and independent mental health experts. The film presents an unvarnished window into daily life with mental health challenges, from seemingly insurmountable obstacles to stories of hope and resilience. 

Through the experiences of these young people, the film confronts the issues of stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence, and, in doing so, helps advance a shift in the public perception of mental health issues today.


Experience the Series

What is SEL and How Does it Support Mental Well Being?

Learn about the intersection of SEL and youth mental health/well being.

Youth Mental Health Videos
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What is SEL and How Does it Support Mental Well Being?
WMHT Specials
What is SEL and How Does it Support Mental Well Being?
518Youth4Change - Youth Mental Health & Community Wellbeing
Education and Community
518Youth4Change - Youth Mental Health & Community Wellbeing

Further Reading: Resources & News

Youth-Centered Strategies for Hope, Healing, and Health

By National Black Women's Justice Institute

Summer Mental Health Toolkit for Families and Youth

By Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.

'988' Mental Health Crisis Hotline | New York NOW

A new '988' mental health crisis hotline is now active in New York. WCNY's David Lombardo speaks with Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan.

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What Parents Can Say to their Children About School Shootings

Treating Addiction in New York with Chinazo Cunningham | New York NOW

David Lombardo from the Capitol Pressroom talks with OASAS commissioner Chinazo Cunningham about state funding and priorities for treating addiction in New York state.

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PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning MEdia

Mental Health and Self-Care

In this video from First Person, psychotherapist Omar Torres discusses the benefits of therapy, the importance of self-care, and the implications of intersectionality on personal identity.

Mysteries of Mental Illness

Mysteries of Mental Illness

Explore mental illness and its effects on three young adults, using these educational media resources developed for health educators and high school learners.