CPTV Airs a New Episode of the Mental Health Series, Opening Doors, Opening Minds, on Thursday, January 29 at 9 pm

Release Date: 01/21/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) continues its series, Opening Doors, Opening Minds about mental illness, with a new episode entitled, Adult Mental Illness, on Thursday, January 29 at 9 p.m.
 
Adult Mental Illness examines how mental illness impacts the individual in a variety of ways. The show follows Amy and Richard, two Connecticut residents from very different backgrounds, who struggle with very different illnesses. Amy and Richard reveal their personal and powerful stories in ways that will move viewers and perhaps make them feel more optimistic about the future of those who struggle with mental illness. The show also addresses how the larger community interacts with individuals struggling with mental illness.
 
Through compelling personal stories and insightful interviews with experts, Opening Doors, Opening Minds illustrates how mental health is part of total health.
 
“People with mental illnesses share the same hopes and desires that all of us have – a home, a job, family and a welcoming community,” said Thomas A. Kirk, Jr., Ph.D., Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
 
“The Opening Doors, Opening Minds series sheds light on some of the remarkable individuals and families who show strength and resilience in living with these conditions. By creating better understanding, this series ‘opens the doors’ to helping people achieve these dreams.”
 
“Education about mental health issues can transform the lives of individuals impacted by mental illness as well as those who are a part of their lives,” said Jennifer Boyd, CPTV Executive Producer. “Opening Doors, Opening Minds aims to increase awareness and build an ongoing dialogue about solutions available throughout the state.”
 
“The stigma associated with mental illness and addiction has created barriers for people living with the mental illness, employers and families,” said Governor M. Jodi Rell. “The only way to take down these barriers is to ensure a life in the community for everyone. The results of such a transformed system will be enhanced health and well being for the state’s citizens and an expanded and strengthened workforce.”
 
Opening Doors, Opening Minds is a CPTV Connecting Our Communities Initiative, made possible by The Governor’s Mental Health Transformation grant, funded by SAMHSA. For more information on mental health and Connecticut mental health services and resources, visit www.cptv.org keyword: mentalhealth, or visit the state’s website at ct.networkofcare.org.
 
Production Credits
Producer/Director/Writer: Jennifer Boyd, CPTV
Executive Producer: Jay Whitsett, CPTV
 
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries 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 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and On the Record. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cptv.org and / or www.wnpr.org.
 
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