GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Town Halls on Mental Health

Brian Tate | April 15, 2022

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How do we maintain a sense of possibility and moral purpose in an age of unbearable loss? What lessons of history or visions of tomorrow can help us today in contending with hate and injustice, the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, the attacks on democracy, the lethal march of war? When facing personal or professional troubles, where do we turn for balance and resolve?

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE: Town Halls on Mental Health (April 28-May 26) is a five-week series of virtual town halls, public conversations, and digital content on mental health. Informed by talks with 400+ WNET Community Partners, the series will examine mental health in our times from the perspectives of five groups of essential workers that help define American society: healthcare workers, K-12 teachers, mental health providers, activists, and journalists. The series will present frank talk about issues and solutions, with an understanding of history and eyes toward the future.

Livestreaming on Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EDT, from April 28-May 26. Details and archives of video, below.

Presented by The WNET Group, America’s flagship PBS station, to engage diverse communities around issues that impact people throughout New York City and across the United States.

Curated by Brian Tate, Director of Community Partnerships, The WNET Group.


EYE OF THE STORM: A Conversation with Healthcare Workers About Mental Health

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Week 1: Thursday, April 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST

With Marina Del Rios, MD, MS, Nancy Hagans, RN, CCRN, Navdeep Kaur, RN, CCRN, Michelle Lee, MD, and Steven A. McDonald, MD. Moderated by Dr. Marwah Abdalla. Opening performance by Tamar-kali.



LESSON LEARNED: A Conversation With K-12 Teachers About Mental Health

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Week 2: Thursday, May 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST

With Lisa Casey (Winnebago Tribe), Benjamin Coria, Jia Lee, Dayniah Manderson, and Sobia Sheikh. Moderated by Dr. Debbie Almontaser. Opening performance by Paul Rucker.



TAKING TIME TO BREATHE: A Conversation with Mental Health Providers About Mental Health

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Week 3: Thursday, May 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST

With Dr. Leolani Ah Quin DBH, LCSW, Natalie Gutierrez, LMFT, Mona Masood, D.O., Sherry C. Wang, Ph.D., and Paul Bashea Williams, LCSW-C LICSW. Moderated by Dr. Danielle Hairston, MD. Opening performance by Erika Dohi.



THE ONLY OPTION IS ACTION:  A Conversation with Activists About Mental Health

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Week 4: Thursday, May 19, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST

With Mike Ishii, Judith LeBlanc (Caddo Nation), Maru Mora-Villalpando, Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, and Nala Toussaint. Moderated by Brian Tate. Opening performance by Angel Nafis.



BREAK THE NEWS: A Conversation with Journalists About Mental Health 

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Week 5: Thursday, May 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m. EST

With Rowaida Abdelaziz, Sierra Clark (Kichi-wiiwedoong Anishinaabe Odawa), Jack Herrera, Sarah Belle Lin, and Dorothy Tucker. Moderated by Patrice Peck. Opening performance by Rez Abbasi.



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