Throughout May, the eight ABC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno aired special mental health-related programming, held town halls and spotlighted community resources to raise awareness of mental health. The stations also participated in the first “Mental Health Action Day” on May 20. The initiative kicked off on WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham on May 6 with the half-hour special “Eyewitness News Investigates: The Silent Struggle,” which explored how the pandemic, loss, loneliness and racial trauma has led to more people experiencing mental health crises. Other content included a virtual town hall on May 13, “Our Chicago: Voices of the Community,” presented by WLS-TV Chicago that explored mental health issues in children and adolescents, and a virtual town hall on May 20, “Minding Your Mental Health,” presented by WPVI-TV Philadelphia that discussed general mental health awareness, the impact of the pandemic on children and increased suicide rates.
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