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'Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.' to air on AETN May 8

In recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) will explore post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and youth during the live, call-in program "Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.", airing Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that children and teens may develop after experiencing a life-threatening event. According to the National Institute of Mental Health and PTSD, the National Center for PTSD and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, children and youths' extreme reactions can stem from experiencing traumatic events such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, disasters, violent crimes or accidents.

"Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes." will feature two films "Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence and Trauma," produced by the Office for Victims of Crime, which provides firsthand accounts of how victims of violence and trauma were affected as children, "It's Okay to Remember," produced by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, that deals with traumatic grief. Following the films, a panel of experts discusses PTSD and its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

The panel includes representatives from the mental health field. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions and comments via phone, 800-662-2386, and email, paffairs@aetn.org.

Pamela Smith hosts.

"Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes." examines all areas of mental health, including stigma, illnesses, diagnosis, treatment and medications. The program is underwritten by Arkansas Mental Health Research and Training Institute of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and the Arkansas Department of Human Services.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).

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