New PBS broadcasts COVID issues

Posted by Bob Evans

New Kansas City PBS Documentary Uncovers Local Stories of

Mental Health During Lockdown

Premiere is Anchored by Town Hall and Flatland Multi-Media Reporting Series

Kansas City PBS has announced a new documentary from acclaimed local filmmaker Michael Price (Our Divided City, Evicted), which uncovers cracks in the mental healthcare system that have only intensified during a global pandemic. The Hidden Pandemic will premiere on Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. on Channel 19.1.

Exploring the lives of local people navigating mental illness and the challenges they face on their journey, Price heads into homes and through doctor’s office doors to capture their stories.


“We are proud to bring this powerful program to our viewers,” said KliffPBS

Kuehl, President and CEO of Kansas City PBS. “Conversations surrounding mental health issues within our community are often underreported, leaving many feeling isolated. We are pleased to partner with Michael again and hope this insightful film provides an important platform for the unheard.”

“Once again, it’s been a privilege to work with Kansas City PBS to capture these stories of quiet and quite extraordinary heroism in our community,” said Michael Price, director of The Hidden Pandemic. “For too long mental illness has been swept under the carpet. In some small way, I hope this film shifts that paradigm.”

In The Hidden Pandemic, audiences will meet a rural farmer who has considered taking his own life but resists reaching out for help due to the stigma attached to seeking mental health counseling, a local woman living in unsanitary conditions despite recent Kansas City ordinances passed to protect tenants and an emergency room doctor who is sometimes forced to ER patients seeking mental health services more than three hours away for care. Immediately following the documentary, news host Nick Haines searches for answers to the provocative questions raised in the film and offers tips and workarounds for navigating a mental health system that’s experiencing its own pandemic-related crisis. He’s joined by filmmaker Michael Price and some of the metro’s leading mental health experts.

Flatland, KCPBS’ digital news source, will explore the issue through a multimedia reporting series, publishing weekly on Wednesdays beginning March 24, featuring articles and videos focused on telling stories from the perspective of the rural community, through the experiences of frontline healthcare providers and from the perspective of area youth.

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Support for this series is provided by:

The William T. Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee; the Hall Family Foundation; Husch Blackwell; CommunityAmerica Credit Union; and  Robert and Marlese Gourley.


Kansas City PBS is a non-profit multimedia organization located in midtown Kansas

City. Founded in 1961, KC PBS operates four television channels, as well as working with sister brands Flatland, its digital news source, and 90.9 The Bridge, an NPR music discovery public radio station.