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Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness In-Person

Henrietta Hankin Library continues its partnership with PBS Books and WETA in presenting a screener and discussion of the recently aired Ken Burns documentary Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness. This documentary focuses on the mental health crisis among youth in America.  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 their parents, teachers, friends, healthcare providers, and independent mental health experts.

 A panel consisting of local mental health specialists and representatives from groups that provide mental health services in the area will lead a discussion after the 30-minute screener.  They will answer questions on local community resources as well as offer their own takes on issues confronted in the film including stigma, discrimination, awareness, and silence.  Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in this important community discussion and advance a shift in the public perception of mental health issues today.  This shift is critical to supporting people, young and old, experiencing mental health crises.

The program will take place in-person in the Annex of the library.  Pizza and light refreshments will be available to participants.  This event supports PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy.

Registration is required. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Chester County Library System:
Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
  Adults     Young Adult  
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Our panelists for this event include:

  • Dr. Janet Edgette Psychologist in private practice specializing in child and adolescent mental health and parenting support/coaching;
  • Lindsay Meehan Mayo, Certified Peer Support Specialist for Peer Support and Teen Talk Lines for Chester and Montgomery Counties; 
  • Izzy Bonita, Teen support specialist on Teen Talk Line- recent high school graduate and advocate for equitable mental health services. She will be attending university in the fall of 2022 studying Public Health.
  • Amanda Blue, Chair of the Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force.

  • Carol Rothera, MS, LPC - Intervention Counselor for 17 years and Supervisor for Student Services in the West Chester Area School District.
  • Leslie Holt, the CEO/Founder of A Child’s Light, nonprofit that funds mental health treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced severe trauma, mainly sexual and physical violence, in an expedited manner to mainly underserved children in our community.


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