Youth Mental Health Film Screening Topic, Seton Hill University Discussion

Nov. 9 – Mental health issues facing young people will be the subject of a film screening and panel discussion Thursday at the Performing Arts Center at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness” premieres at 6:30 p.m. at 100 Harrison Ave.

Ken Burns is the executive producer of the documentary made to help change the perception of mental health issues.

It features first-person accounts of more than 20 people, ages 11 to 27, living with mental health issues. It also features the views of their parents, teachers, friends and health care providers, as well as mental health experts.

The 30-minute screening will be followed by a discussion of mental health issues facing young people in the region and approaches to eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness.

Panelists include: Charma Dudley, associate director of behavioral health services and examining psychologist at Beacon Health Options; Marci Sturgeon-Rusiewicz, Senior Director of Recovery and Resilience at Wesley Family Services; Dawn Diehl, teacher and field director for the social work program at Seton Hill University; and Tina Desport, therapist at Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School in Adelphoi.

The discussion will be moderated by Beth Dolinar, producer and screenwriter at WQED-Multimedia, whose documentaries have explored social and mental health issues.

The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Visit setonhill.edu/tickets to register.

Jeff Himler is an editor of the Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff by email at jhimler@triblive.com or via Twitter.

Jessica C. Bell