It’s not easy being an adolescent in today’s world. One out of every five young people, ages 13-18, live with a mental health disorder, yet stigma keeps them largely in the shadows.

Additionally, suicide is the second leading death for youths ages 12-18, claiming more of our nation’s young people every year than cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and influenza combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To shine a light on this pervasive problem and examine solutions, KET has created You Are Not Alone, a six-part series, hosted by Renee Shaw, that aims to raise awareness of youth mental health issues – including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, toxic stress and more.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and KET will be re-airing the series in back-to-back, 30-minute episodes on three consecutive Mondays, May 20- June 3, at 9/8 pm on KET.

Topics to be covered include:

• May 20: “Youth Speak Out” and “Help for Families and Caregivers”

• May 27: “Whole Child, Whole School” and “Depression and Anxiety”

• June 3: “Trauma and Toxic Stress” and “Suicide Prevention/Teaching Hope”

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