September 5, 2022

Good morning, readers. MindSite News Daily is taking the day off on Labor Day but we want to remind you about our MindSite News Live Event on youth mental health coming up this week on Thursday Sept. 8 at 4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST. 

Our guests will be Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, the editors of the brilliant new Ken Burns Presents documentary Hiding in Plain Sight, and two of the young people who took part in the film, which premiered in June on PBS and is now streaming on Amazon Prime. It will stream free on demand on the PBS App for 28 days starting September 2, for Suicide Prevention Month. 

MindSite News, WETA and Ken Burns present a FREE live back-to-school event:
A Conversation About Youth Mental Health and the Making of Hiding in Plain Sight

THURSDAY, September 8 at 4 pm PST | 7 pm EST

As students return to school after 2-1/2 years of pandemic stress and setbacks, concerns about the mental health of young people have never been greater. Join us for a live Q & A as Dr. Neha Chaudhary, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Rob Waters, MindSite News founding editor, speak with the directors and two participants in the film.

Meet Ava, a young woman featured in Hiding in Plain Sight. In the film, Ava shares her experience with bullying on social media that affected her mental health, causing symptoms of depression. Watch her clip on Instagram HERE.


Erik Ewers | Co-Director & Editor, Hiding in Plain Sight

Erik Ewers has worked with Ken Burns for more than 30 years. In 2015, Erik collaborated with Burns to create The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science, broadcast nationally on PBS. He and brother Chris co-directed Hiding in Plain Sight, the first of a series of films exploring the mental health crisis which aired on PBS in June 2022.

Chris Loren Ewers | Co-Director & Director of Photography, Hiding in Plain Sight

Christopher Loren Ewers has been working behind the camera for over 20 years, traveling the world and exploring the human experience through the lens. He and brother Erik co-directed Hiding in Plain Sight, the first of a series of films exploring the mental health crisis.

Makalynn Powell | Mental Health Advocate

Makalynn Powell, 27, one of the young people shown in the film, earned a Master of Science degree in criminal justice and corrections from Fairmont State University, where she also worked as a graduate research and teaching assistant. As an undergraduate, she was a recovery ambassador working to raise awareness about addiction and mental health needs on campuses. She continues to speak and advocate about mental health issues.

Billie Henderson | Student activist at Willamette University

Billie Henderson, 20, one of the young people shown in the documentary, is now a junior. She majors in politics, policy, law, and ethics, with a minor in public health and also serves as a student senator. Henderson has helped organize protests in Salem and Portland, OR, and served as a legislative aide during the 2021 Oregon session. She continues to speak and advocate about mental health issues.

YouTube video
Click to watch the trailer for Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness


Neha Chaudhary, MD | Editorial Advisory Board, MindSite News

Dr. Chaudhary is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Mass. General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. As a medical journalist, she has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC News and other outlets. She cofounded Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation. Her research focuses on the intersection of technology and mental health, and the use of tech to promote resilience in children.

Rob Waters | Founding Editor, MindSite News

Waters is an award-winning health and mental health journalist. His articles have appeared in Health Affairs, the Washington Post, Kaiser Health News, STAT, Mother Jones,, and other outlets. A 2005 fellow with the Carter Center for Mental Health Journalism, his reporting was honored in 2021 by the Assoc. of Health Care Journalists, National Institute for Health Care Management, and Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.

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