May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and KCPT is participating with special events and programs that shine a light on the ongoing issue of mental illness, both locally and nationally.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4
10 p.m. Friday, May 5
3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7
Through ride-alongs with the police, this KCPT production exposes the mental health crisis that grips Kansas City as seen through the eyes of the KCMO police and the community mental health liaisons who work alongside them.
Free screening and discussion
2 p.m. Saturday, May 13| Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library
Join KCPT for a special screening of a documentary that follows Iraq War veteran Alex Sutton as he deals with PTSD and finds a new way forward on a 43 acre farm in North Carolina. This event is free but RSVP is required here.
1 p.m. Sunday, May 14
10 p.m. Tuesday, May 16
Filmed over a period of five years, the documentary follows several individuals with anxiety symptoms ranging from excessive worry and fear to more extreme manifestations such as compulsive behavior and torturous panic attacks.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25
1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 28
Witnesses the life and struggle of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This documentary film tells the story of triumph over the stigma, maltreatment, and labeling associated with the illness.
8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25
2 p.m. Sunday, May 28
KCPT’s Nick Haines explores the most pressing issues and trends facing the mentally ill in our metro area – from heightened anxiety to bipolar disorder. In this half hour special we also revisit Kansas City’s new mental health trauma center and examine how uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act is impacting the treatment of mental health.