Through a series of documentary-length and short feature videos, the content on this page was produced by WQED, with vital input from community partners including Mental Health America of Southwestern Pennsylvania, NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania, Staunton Farm Foundation, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allegheny Health Network, and UPMC.

New Documentaries:

You’re Not Alone: Pregnancy, Postpartum and the Mental Health Crisis

Depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other psychological difficulties are the most common complications of pregnancy and postpartum – yet 75 percent go untreated. In this documentary we explore the isolating trauma that too often accompanies child birth. Women of color, women living in rural areas and birthing people within the LGBTQIA+ community are at higher risk. “You’re Not Alone” introduces individuals and families whose lives have been profoundly impacted by maternal mental health conditions while also highlighting the people and programs working for positive change.

Alone: Isolation Hurts

Social isolation has long been known to affect mental health, but new information shows it can also increase the risk of poor physical health and early death. With direct connections to depression, suicide, dementia, stroke, coronary disease and poor sleep, isolation is having an ominous and widespread effect. Even before the COVID pandemic brought enforced isolation, as many as 30 percent of people of all ages reported feeling lonely. During the pandemic, that number nearly doubled.

This 30-minute documentary by producer Beth Dolinar, explores the ways in which the spaces between us can contribute to mental and physical suffering. We are introduced to a diverse group of people who speak candidly about how isolation exacerbated their experiences with alcoholism, suicide attempts, and emotional trauma, as well as the stigma associated with loneliness. And we join them as they share their journeys from isolation to hope and re-connection.

Full-Length Features

The Long Shadow of Childhood Trauma title image

New studies show childhood trauma affects physical health across a lifetime. Advocates are calling on pediatricians to consider life events as they diagnose and treat children, with the goal of improving lifelong health.

before stage four

First-time psychotic episodes are frightening for the entire family. But there can be hope for people who receive proper, coordinated care.

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Long Road Home focuses on the compelling stories of Pittsburgh area veterans coping and healing with the emotional wounds of war, after combat in Iraq, Vietnam, Korea, and World War II.

Losing Lambert: A Journey through Survival and Hope

This documentary follows the emotional story of a Pittsburgh-area mother who lost her 16-year-old son to suicide. Kathy O’Hern Fowler would emerge as one of the region’s best-known advocates for “Survivors of Suicide.”

Bundle of Nerves. Our Anxiety Epidemic title image

Through personal stories of those affected, this documentary examines the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of anxiety. It also spotlights innovative initiatives that explore the issue in vulnerable populations.

Rose's Garden: Surviving My Mother's Mental Illness

Rose Clancy was raised by a mother who suffered from mental illness, and now Rose’s gardens are helping her cope with memories of a troubled childhood, while raising awareness of an issue that impacts millions.

Community Outreach

WQED Pittsburgh was proud to join the national Well Beings Tour, a series of community-based outreach events hosted by public media stations across the country. The goal is to demystify, destigmatize, and normalize mental health matters. The Pittsburgh event focuses on Healthy Connections between teens, parents and educators.

Resources for Anxiety in Children and Young Adults

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (College Students)
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (Children)
National Institute of Mental Health Statistics
​National Institute of Mental Health News Release
American Psychological Association
Penn State University – Center for Collegiate Mental Health

WQED Multimedia's "Mental Health Matters" campaign was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Staunton Farm Foundation
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