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To help end the stigma surrounding mental health, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will host a free, public screening of the documentary, Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone, on Thursday, March 12 in the Reeve Union Ballroom. Panel discussion with two of the youth featured in the documentary will immediately follow the viewing.

Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone is an Emmy-winning documentary produced in partnership with the USA TODAY Network-Wisconsin and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in which four young people share their mental health journeys in hopes of encouraging others to get help.

The panel speakers will include T.J. Esser and Barret Poetker, two of the youths featured in the documentary, as well as Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Rory Linnane and Dr. Sarah Reed, a researcher for Rogers Behavioral Health.

Sara Allen, a nursing sophomore from Germantown, will host the screening and panel discussion. She said the screening is for everyone and especially encourages anyone affected by mental illness or who wants to understand more about mental health to attend.

“So many people struggle with mental health issues, and it’s hard to feel accepted if society continues to portray a stigma about mental health,” Allen said.

The screening is a collaboration of the UW Oshkosh Aspiring Educators Club, Campus for Awareness and Relationship Education, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Multicultural Education Coalition, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, Social Justice Club, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, UMatter, Women’s Advocacy Council, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Women’s Center as well as the AAUW Oshkosh Branch and Oshkosh Area School District. For more information, please contact the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at (920) 424-3465 or by email at .

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