Aired Wednesday May 21st, 2008 at 8:00 pm
"DEPRESSION: Out of the Shadows," a powerful new documentary on clinical depression, airs on KUED-Channel 7.1 Wednesday, May 21, at 8 p.m. and simultaneously in HD on 7.2. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 18.8 million American adults have a depressive disorder. The disease is not discriminating, seeping into all age, race, gender, and socioeconomic groups. Depression stalls careers, strains relationships, and sometimes ends lives.
"This film will strike a chord with individuals, families, and communities across America," says KUED Broadcast Director Scott Chaffin.
The film navigates the disease's complex terrain, highlighting the latest scientific research and innovative treatments. Depression is also explored through the voices of families and individuals coping with its wide-ranging effects, offering greater awareness and diminished stigma around a disorder that ultimately touches everyone.
Depression goes deeper. After the 90-minute documentary, broadcast journalist Jane Pauley hosts Take One Step: Caring for Depression, with Jane Pauley. A 30-minute panel discussion with nationally-recognized mental health experts will offer practical help and hope for those attempting to identify, treat, or cope with depression."
But depression is treatable, and KUED is reaching out to offer facts, help, and hope around the disease. KUED will hold a free screening, followed by a panel discussion with local experts, on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in The City Library Auditorium, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City.
In addition, the University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI), in conjunction with KUED, is hosting a free "Evening with an Expert," with Dr. Michael Lowry, who will address issues of depression. The public event will be held Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at UNI, 501 South Chipeta Way, and will include local mental health experts who will be available to answer attendees' questions. "We want to work together to shed some light on a misunderstood disease," says Jacqui Voland, community outreach coordinator. "Our goal is to eliminate stigma and offer solid information around depression."
Funding for KUED's Health Matters programming is provided in part by Speaking of Women's Health.
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