Two media outlets that are committed to providing a local view and a platform for southeastern Wisconsin – Milwaukee PBS and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – have teamed up to shine a light on a growing crisis among the community’s children – mental illness.
10thirtysix, Milwaukee PBS’ local news magazine, presents a powerful one-hour special, “Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone.” Based on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK – Wisconsin’s award winning Kids In Crisisseries, “Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone” will air on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. on Milwaukee PBS Channel 10. The special begins with a gripping and inspiring half-hour documentary about four local young people and their experiences with mental illness and suicide. The second half features interactive discussions with mental health professionals and others who have experienced the effects of mental health issues.
The goal of Milwaukee PBS and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is to increase awareness of this issue locally, but they will also make the 10thirtysix special – and the critical information it presents – to communities throughout the nation. A live feed of the broadcast will be made available to all USA TODAY NETWORK sites across the country for streaming on their websites, along with ideas and opportunities for reporting locally on efforts to prevent teen suicide.
In order to increase the local impact of this program and partnership, Milwaukee PBS and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will hold a public preview event and community resource fair. The public is invited to a special screening of “Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone.” Held on Tuesday, May 13, the resource fair will offer information presented by local mental health organizations, and the screening will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with mental health professionals. The resource fair will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the program to follow at 7:00 p.m. This event will be held at Pius XI Catholic High School’s Fr. Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be obtained in advance, at bit.ly/notalonepremiere.
For more information on the May 13 community event, or the May 16 broadcast of 10thirtysix’s “Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone,” visit www.MilwaukeePBS.org.