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Children’s Grief Awareness Day

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Lindsey Whissel Fenton
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Speaking Grief
Ella Jensen-Kane; Ella suffered the loss of one of her dads as well as her sister

The holiday season can be a challenging time for children’s mental and emotional well-being. Caring adults want to support those who are facing mental health challenges, grief, or loss, but might not know how. A wealth of resources are at your fingertips. Two films, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness and Speaking Grief, are streaming now on WQLN PBS Passport. And learn more about supporting youth mental health at WellBeings.org.

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. Learn more about the film here.

Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a death- and grief-avoidant society. This national public media initiative includes a one-hour television documentary, media-rich website, social media campaign, and numerous community engagement events, all aimed at starting a national conversation about grief. Learn more about the film here.


Support is provided by Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dana Foundation, Dauten Family Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, XQ Institute, John & Frances Von Schlegell, Sutter Health, Robina Riccitiello, Jackson Family Enterprises, John C. & Katherine M. Morris Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and Pritzker Traubert Foundation.

Outreach and Engagement Partners include One Mind, CALL TO MIND at American Public Media, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, WE Organization, Forbes, PEOPLE, Mental Health America, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, The Steve Fund, The Jed Foundation, Athletes for Hope, Find Your Anchor, Well Being Trust, Embark Behavioral Health, Peg’s Foundation, and Inseparable.

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