News to devote hundreds of hours to special mental health programs starting September 6

ATLANTA, August 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Newsy, the nation’s only 24/7 free-to-air television news network, will devote hundreds of hours of airtime to special mental health programming starting in September in a series called ” America’s Breakdown: Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis.” Through hyperpersonal and thoughtful storytelling, Newsy will focus on how people may experience issues differently based on demographics and geography.

Watch the teaser video here.

Special programming produced by Newsy, the national Scripps news team and Scripps Local Media will air throughout the day and night and will include dozens of produced reports devoted to mental health, four weekly deep-dive specials, an original documentary and a 30- Second PSA directing viewers to additional resources, all culminating in a town hall event with high-profile guests.

Newsy will compile all of its special programming, including mental health resources, on The reports will be available to view online after they are broadcast.

“A new study found that levels of anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders have increased since the start of the pandemic. This results in the need to deeply examine how the country is dealing with the mental health crisis,” said Kate O’Brian, Head of News Group, Scripps Networks. “Newsy has devoted hundreds of hours to this issue, which affects the lives of every American, through relentless reporting. The result is stellar journalism.”

New packages include:

Mental health watchdog
Newsy spotlights an organization that equips barbershops across the country with mental health-related skills and resources to help clients, many of whom fear the stigma of going to therapy and seeking help.

Mental health and TikTok
TikTok has become a major platform for both mental health professionals and people seeking mental health guidance. Newsy talks to Dr. Courtney Tracya psychotherapist and licensed social worker with 1.8 million followers on TikTok, about why she started making videos to talk about mental health from a professional and personal perspective.

Classified workers
Intelligence community insiders are unable to discuss personal mental health issues with family or outside therapists because of the classified nature and fear of stunting career growth. Newsy talks to a former CIA officer about his alcoholism and sobriety.

Indigenous mental health care
Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools designed to strip them of their culture. Newsy talks to a mother with PTSD who talks about her experience of abuse. The daughter she cares for feels generational trauma as a result. Newsy also talks to a psychiatrist about an indigenous approach to mental health care in this community.

New shooters
Newsy talks to a 16-year-old male who tells Newsy he was almost a school shooter and takes viewers through the emotions and circumstances that led him to buy a gun and go on a rampage.

COVID and mental health
Newsy shares new research on how to treat the long-distance neurological impacts of COVID, including symptoms like fatigue, brain fog and cognitive impairment.

Treatment with opioid pellets
Newsy talks to the “Growing Pains” actor. Jeremy Miller, who shares his journey to overcome alcohol addiction and victory after inserting an experimental pellet into his body to reduce alcohol cravings. Newsy will also give viewers a look at the race to make a long-lasting version of the pellet, designed to attack opioid addiction.

Newsy is owned by EW Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP ).

Learn more about how to tune into Newsy here.

About News
Newsy (@Newsy) is the nation’s only 24/7 free broadcast news network, serving viewers non-opinionated national news from 14 news bureaus across the U.S. Newsy is available to more than 94% of homes American free-to-air television and broadcast with a digital antenna, on mobile with the Newsy app and online at It also runs on an expanded range of devices and streaming services, including Samsung TV Plus, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Pluto TV, Apple TV, Sling, Vizio and Xumo. Newsy is part of the EW Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP ).

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