A 90-minute public television documentary that first aired on May 21 (transcripts and video are available online here) dives headfirst into the lives of depression sufferers and seeks to explain and destigmatize a set of disorders the National Institute of Mental Health says affects about 18.8 million American adults. Producers also followed cutting-edge researchers to learn of new discoveries and treatments in the fight against depression. The broadcast was followed by a 30-minute roundtable discussion titled “Take one step: Caring for Depression, with Jane Pauley.”
As part of the accompanying outreach effort, PBS has created a dedicated Web site for the program with resources for those who fear they or someone they know is suffering from depression. The package, a blend of public service and journalism, helps fulfill public broadcasting’s unique mission.