The Connecticut Forum, An Honest Look at Mental Illness to Air on CPTV

Release Date: 03/13/2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 13, 2014) – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air The Connecticut Forum, An Honest Look at Mental Illness on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 8 p.m. (with repeats on Monday, April 14, at 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, at 10 a.m.). The show, a recording of The Connecticut Forum’s March 7, 2014, program of the same title, provides professional insight and personal stories highlighting the difficulties of coping with mental illness.

WNPR’s Where We Live host John Dankosky moderated the panel discussion and serves as host of the show. Dankosky has won national and local awards for his reporting, and Where We Live has twice been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) as public radio’s “Best Call-In” Show. He’s also won awards for editing nationally distributed documentaries on care for the chronically ill and the mental health of children.

CPTV’s broadcast presentation of The Connecticut Forum, An Honest Look at Mental Illness is made possible by Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network.

“We are proud to partner with WNPR, CPTV and The Connecticut Forum to continue the conversation about mental health and the powerful stigma associated with it,” said Stephen W. Larcen, PhD, Senior Vice President of the Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network. “Together we can build on the positive momentum we have gained surrounding behavioral health issues, which includes a newfound willingness to openly talk about barriers and what needs to be done to overcome them in order to improve quality of life for patients, their friends and their families.”

The program features an esteemed panel of local and national mental health experts discussing the generalizations and misconceptions of mental illnesses. Panelists include Andrew Solomon, mental health advocate; Dr. Hank Schwartz, chief of psychiatry at the Institute of Living; and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind. Each of the panelists presents the realities of living with a mental illness, and they offer suggestions for further understanding these complicated conditions. The discussion topics include social perceptions, workplace stigmas and perpetuating stereotypes.

“CPTV has been a supporter of The Connecticut Forum since its inception,” stated Jerry Franklin, President and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, parent company of CPTV and WNPR. “We are proud to be sharing this important information with our viewers.”

About The Connecticut Forum

Founded in 1992, The Connecticut Forum is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities, and community outreach programs including its award-winning CT YOUTH Forum. Connecticut Forums are presented four times per year at the historic Bushnell Theater in Hartford. Past panelists have included: Benazir Bhutto, Bucky Dent, Kurt Vonnegut, Elizabeth Edwards, Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison, Anita Hill, Bill Moyers, Malcolm Gladwell, Newt Gingrich, Gloria Steinem, Andrew Sullivan and more than 250 others. Just as powerful and unique as Forum evenings are The Forum's outreach programs in the community, including the CT YOUTH Forum, a voluntary high school youth program serving more than 750 students from 40 schools that provides monthly opportunities for youth to communicate and connect with each other across the divides of geography, race, sexual orientation, economics and more.

About Connecticut Public Television

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week.

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPTV.org

 

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