The Connecticut Forum, An Honest Look at Mental Illness to Air on CPTV
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 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 and the .
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
“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.”
Founded in 1992, The Connecticut Forum is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving
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