Free Professional Learning Series Focuses on Youth Mental Health

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Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness premiered on PBS in June 2022. It 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.

This FREE, self-paced professional learning series uses clips from Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness and guiding questions to help participants think critically about SEL/mental health correlations, consider first hand accounts from the youth featured in the film, and develop actionable ideas to use in their own learning environment/practice. Educators will earn NYS CTLE credit and Social Workers will earn CEU. Participants will work asynchronously at their own pace and may chose to complete the PD series in full or by selecting assignments most relevant to their practice. This series launches in September 2022.

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This film is part of the Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project. Ken Burns is the executive producer. Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers are the co-directors, Julie Coffman is the producer, and David Blistein is the writer.