WQED-TV TO PREMIERE LOCAL DOCUMENTARY ON POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) AS PART OF NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH PROGRAMMING IN MAY
WQED-TV TO PREMIERE LOCAL DOCUMENTARY ON
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) AS PART OF
NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH PROGRAMMING IN MAY
PITTSBURGH—WQED-TV will premiere a one-hour documentary about the impact of wartime Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Thursday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. as part of National Mental Health Awareness Month. With support from the Staunton Farm Foundation, Long Road Home will focus on the compelling stories of Pittsburgh area veterans coping and healing after combat in Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, and World War II. The documentary also explores current treatments and research into PTSD among returning veterans.
In advance of the premiere, the community is invited to join the WQED Education Department on Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. for a FREE screening of Long Road Home at the WQED Studios in Oakland. Educational materials will be distributed and a panel discussion comprised of those who are dealing with PTSD and local medical professionals will follow the film. To register for this event or to listen to the archived panel discussion after May 24 visit the WQED Education page at www.wqed.org/education.
Long Road Home was written and produced by David Solomon, with videography and editing by Paul Ruggieri - the same team that brought viewers award-winning WQED documentaries including: Losing Lambert, Alicia's Message, Stone Soldiers: Saving the Gettysburg Monuments, and The Darr Mine Disaster.
In addition to Long Road Home, WQED-TV will air several other programs focusing on mental health issues during May including:
• Losing Lambert: A Journey Through Survival and Hope airing Sunday, May 22nd at 3:00 p.m. tells the story of how a mother struggles through her teenaged son’s suicide to become one of Pittsburgh’s best known advocates for survivors of suicide. This local program, which won the National Gabriel Award and Three Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards in 2010, can also be viewed OnDemand at http://www.wqed.org/tv/watch/.
• The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression airing Sunday, May 22nd at 3:30 p.m. explores the difficulties faced by those coping with varying levels of depression.
• Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia airing Sunday, May 22nd at 4:30 p.m. is a moving first-person account of one woman’s troubled relationship with her father and his mental illness.
• Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness airing Sunday, May 22nd at 5:30 p.m. connects the dots between personal dilemmas facing individuals and families who are living with mental illness, medical practices that can be obstacles to treatment, laws that may have unintended consequences and public policies that all too often fall short in responding with programs that could make a positive difference.
• The Next Mission airing Thursday, May 26th at 10:30 p.m. examines how today’s military is doing a better job at treating returning warriors with mental health issues, but how it may still not be enough. Inspired by the very different stories of two Vietnam War vets, The Next Mission is a personal look at America’s preparation for the almost tow million returning veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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