Kansas City PBS’ The Hidden Pandemic shines a light on mental illness in Kansas City with online and on-air coverage

For more than a year, COVID-19 has dominated headlines as it has steadily killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Behind the scenes, another deadly illness has spread like wildfire during lockdown. Kansas City PBS shines a light on this continued threat with The Hidden Pandemic, a documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Michael Price focusing on the lives of Kansas Citians navigating mental illness.

Through personal interviews with patients and the health care professionals who treat them, The Hidden Pandemic uncovers challenges faced on the journey to improving and maintaining mental health. The documentary is followed by a town hall hosted by Nick Haines exploring the topic further with the filmmaker and some of the metro’s leading mental health experts. Stream the documentary and town hall at kcpbs.org/hiddenpandemic.

As part of The Hidden Pandemic initiative, Flatland, KCPBS’ digital news source, also explores the topic of mental health through a multimedia reporting series. Stories include:

Support for this series is provided by:

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