Jun 14, 2021

MAMH is joining WCVB Channel 5 for a Mental Health & Well Being Day of Awareness to highlight the post-pandemic challenges facing Massachusetts residents, especially young adults.

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) is joining WCVB Channel 5 for a Day of Awareness on Tuesday, June 15 to highlight the post-pandemic mental health challenges facing Massachusetts residents, especially young adults.

The 5 On: Mental Health & Well Being Day of Awareness will include news features on mental health issues, interviews with experts in the field and those with lived experience, and MAMH’s mental health awareness campaign #JustAsk, including reasons why more young people are struggling with mental health issues due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coverage starts in the “NewsCenter 5 EyeOpener at 4:30 AM” newscast, continuing throughout the day and in all NewsCenter 5 newscasts, plus a special segment on WCVB’s award-winning program “Chronicle” at 7:30 p.m. featuring an in-depth look at personal stories of individuals dealing with mental health issues.

Tune in to hear more on substance use and co-occurring conditions, race and racism in mental health, the mental health impacts of returning to “normal life,” stories of resiliency, and a look forward to the future of mental health care. MAMH President and CEO Danna Mauch will be featured, along with Congressman Seth Moulton, State Sen. Julian Cyr, CEO of Bournewood Health Systems Marcia Fowler, Chairman of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Board of Directors Joseph D. Feaster, Jr., and many other guests.

Screenshot of State Senator Julia Cyr talking about mental health on the news

Caption State Sen. Julian Cyr talks about his experiences, why access to and parity in mental health care is important, and his legislative priorities in mental and behavioral health.

Included in WCVB's Day of Awareness is guidance on how to recognize when someone needs help coming out of the pandemic and what to do to help with Dr. Ken Duckworth, chief medical officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Personal stories are also featured, including: one sister's story of tackling disparities in availability of mental health resources, and how simple resiliency can improve mental health.

screenshot of graphic from WCVB Channel 5 news segment showing percentage of adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression

Caption Research shows that young adults have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 211.

On Sunday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m., WCVB will also air "The State of Mental Health 2021," which includes MAMH's #JustAsk campaign and last year's 2020 Friend & Leader Virtual Event.

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