WELL BEINGS VIRTUAL NATIONAL TOWN HALL & PANEL DISCUSSION ON “YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH & SOCIETY” AT NAMICon 2020

KID CUDI, ALANIS MORISSETTE, DEMI MOORE, JEWEL, JOSH GAD,

BILL PULLMAN, BILLY PORTER, ARIEL WINTER, LEVAR BURTON,

SEAN ASTIN, DREW CAREY, FINN WOLFHARD, GABRIELLA PIZZOLO,

IAN ALEXANDER, JOEL DE LA FUENTE, DARRELL HAMMOND, EUGENE SIMON,

WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY, RAVEN SAUNDERS, SCOTT BAKULA, JUDITH IVEY, MICHAEL URIE, PENN JILLETTE, RACHEL NICHOLS, NORM LEWIS,

ROCCO DISPIRITO, LUCAS CALHOUN, REMA WEBB, AKILAH HUGHES

TYRONE MITCHELL HENDERSON, STEPHANIE KURTZUBA,

JESSAMYN BLAKESLEE

 and more

 

WETA to Launch WELL BEINGS Campaign

 Includes Special Slam Poetry Performance by Akeemjamal Rollins and  Music from the Broadway Musical “Dear Evan Hansen”

Exclusive Interview Excerpts  from Upcoming Ken Burns Documentary on Youth Mental Health Crisis in America

Washington, D.C. — July 13, 2020 — WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public media station in the nation’s capital, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) will host a one-hour virtual national town hall to launch WELL BEINGS, a major campaign from public media addressing the health needs of Americans, beginning with the Youth Mental Health Project. The free town hall event takes place on July 14, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET during NAMICon 2020, NAMI’s annual convention and one of the largest community gatherings of mental health advocates in the United States.

The Well Beings Virtual National Town Hall will feature a panel discussion on Youth Mental Health & Society, as well as remarks by Kid Cudi, Jewel, Bill Pullman, Billy Porter, Ariel Winter, LeVar Burton and more. 

What:

WETA will launch its national WELL BEINGS campaign with theWELL BEINGSVirtual National Town Hall at NAMICon 2020featuring a panel discussion on Youth Mental Health & Society, a preview of new exclusive campaign content, powerful stories, special performances and celebrity ambassadors.

Who:               

Akeemjamal Rollins, Slam Poet, Youth Educator

Akilah Hughes, Comedian and Podcast Host (Crooked Media’s “What A Day”)

Alanis Morissette, Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Activist

Alexis Davis, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, Student Journalist

Ariel Winter, TV Actor (“Modern Family”), Activist

Bill Pullman, Film, TV and Broadway Actor (While You Were SleepingSleepless in Seattle, “The Sinner”), Activist

Billy Porter, Emmy, Grammy and Tony-Award winning Actor (“Pose”, Kinky Boots)

Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., NAMI, CEO

Darrell Hammond, Actor, Comedian (“SNL”)

Demi Moore, Actress and Best-Selling Author

Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI, Chief Medical Officer

Drew Carey, Comedian, TV Host (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, “The Price Is Right”)

Eugene Simon, Film and TV Actor (“Game of Thrones”), Activist

Evan Rose, The Steve Fund, Board Chair

Finn Wolfhard, Film and TV Actor, Musician (IT, “Stranger Things”,Ghostbusters: Afterlife)

Gabriella Pizzolo, Broadway and TV Actor (“Stranger Things”, Matilda)

Ian Alexander, TV Actor (“The OA”), Activist

Jessamyn Blakeslee, Hospice Social Worker, Film and TV Actor (A Bird of the Air, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”)

Jewel, Singer/Songwriter, Actress and Mental Health Advocate

Joel de la Fuente, TV Actor (“Law & Order SVU”, “The Man in the High Castle”)

John Moe, Podcast Host, (“The Hilarious World of Depression”, Call to Mind | American Public Media)

Josh Gad, Film, TV and Broadway Actor (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast)

Judith Ivey, Two-Time Tony Award-winning Actor (“Steaming”, “Hurlyburly”)

Ken Burns, Documentarian

Kid Cudi, Rapper, Actor

LeVar Burton, Film and TV Actor (“Star Trek: TNG”, “Reading Rainbow”, “Roots”)

Lucas Calhoun, Actor, Director (“Billions”, “Madam Secretary”)

Matthew McConaughey, Actor (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Activist

Michael Urie, TV and Broadway Actor (“Ugly Betty”, “Younger”)

Norm Lewis, Tony Nominated Actor (Da 5 Bloods, “Scandal”, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess)

Penn Jillette, Magician, TV Host (“Penn & Teller: Fool Us!”), Author

Rachel Nichols, Actor (“The Librarians”, “Continuum”)

Raven Saunders, NCAA Champion Shotputter, Olympian

Rema Webb, Actor (“Sudden Death”, “First Born”, “Murphy Brown”, “Lion King”,

“Book of Mormon”)

Rocco DiSpirito, Chef, TV Host

Scott Bakula, Film and TV Actor (“NCIS New Orleans”, “Quantum Leap”

Sean Astin, Film and TV Actor (Lord of The Rings, The Goonies, Rudy)

Sharon Percy Rockefeller, WETA, President & CEO

Stephanie Bell-Rose, The Steve Fund, Co-Founder

Stephanie Kurtzuba, Film, TV, Theatre Actor (“The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Annie”, “The Irishman”, “The Good Wife”)

Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Founder, Quick Silver Theater Company (Barry on “The Good Fight”, “Orange is the New Black”, Public Theatre’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “Bring in ‘Da Noise Bring in ‘Da Funk”)

Wendi McLendon-Covey, Film and TV Actor, Comedian (“The Goldbergs”)

William H. Carson, MD, Psychiatrist & Clinical Researcher

Kid Cudi

When:             Tuesday, July 14, 2020

                        11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

 

Where:            Livestream the WELL BEINGS Virtual National Town Hall at WellBeings.org

Ariel Winter

About:           

The WELL BEINGS Virtual National Town Hall will present powerful stories from young people and notable personalities, remarks from a roster of celebrities, special performances, exclusive campaign content, and a panel discussion.

The centerpiece of the event is a panel discussion, which will focus on youth mental health and society and include comedian and host of Crooked Media’s “What A Day” podcast Akilah Hughes, actor Ian Alexander, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs reporter Alexis Davis, NAMI Chief Medical Director Dr. Ken Duckworth, Board Chair of The Steve Fund Evan Rose, Co-Founder of The Steve Fund Stephanie Bell-Rose, and William H. Carson, MD. John Moe, creator and host of the podcast “The Hilarious World of Depression” from CALL TO MIND at American Public Media, will moderate the discussion. 

At the July 14 virtual event, WETA will debut exclusive WELL BEINGS content, including interview excerpts from an upcoming film being produced and directed by Ewers Brothers Productions and executive produced by Ken Burns. WETA will also announce the first stops for the WELL BEINGS TOUR, a cross-country tour of virtual and in-person events that will include community engagement, resource fairs, storytelling, Mental Health First Aid training, panel discussions and more. 

WETA will launch its national WELL BEINGS campaign on health at the event, in collaboration with a coalition of partners including CALL TO MIND at American Public Media and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. The campaign debuts with the Youth Mental Health Project — engaging youth voices to create a national conversation, raise awareness, address stigma and discrimination, and to encourage compassion with original digital content, broadcast content and impactful local events.