FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) It’s not easy being an adolescent in today’s world.
One out of every five young people, ages 13-18, live with a mental health disorder, yet stigma keeps them largely in the shadows. Additionally, suicide is the second leading death for youths ages 12-18, claiming more of our nation’s young people every year than cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and influenza combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To shine a light on this pervasive problem and examine solutions, KET has created “You Are Not Alone,” a six-part series, hosted by Renee Shaw, that aims to raise awareness of youth mental health issues — including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, toxic stress and more.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and KET will be re-airing the series in back-to-back, 30-minute episodes on three consecutive Mondays, starting Monday through June 3, at 9 p.m. on KET.
Topics to be covered include:
Monday: “Youth Speak Out” and “Help for Families and Caregivers”
May 27: “Whole Child, Whole School” and “Depression and Anxiety”
June 3: “Trauma and Toxic Stress” and “Suicide Prevention/Teaching Hope”
The full series is available for online streaming at KET.org/youth-mental-health. Additionally, via a collaboration with PBSLearningMedia, segmented videos and accompanying discussion guides are available online at KET.org/notalone.
“You Are Not Alone” is a KET production, produced by Laura Krueger and Renee Shaw. The series is funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Project AWARE.