ABC Owned Television Stations Announce Programing for Mental Health Awareness Month, “Mental Health Action Day” on May 20th

ABC Owned Television Stations have announced their programming for Mental Health Awareness and will participate in “Mental Health Action Day” on May 20th.

What’s Happening: 

  • ABC Owned Television Stations are helping to raise awareness of mental health challenges during Mental Health Awareness Month.
  • Audiences will discover monthlong content and community events airing across ABC’s eight stations in:
    • New York
    • Los Angeles
    • Chicago
    • Philadelphia
    • San Francisco
    • Houston
    • Raleigh-Durham
    • Fresno
  • The station group announced today its participation in the first-ever “Mental Health Action Day” to be held Thursday, May 20th.
  • Mental Health Action Day will include same-day town hall discussions and exclusive content in each market specifically focused to provide mental health experts and resources to the 1,590 local communities the station group serves.
  • The month kicks off with ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh Durham airing “Eyewitness News Investigates: The Silent Struggle,” May 6th (5:30 pm EDT).

Upcoming ABC Owned Television Stations Linear and Streaming Content

ABC7/ABC-TV New York

  • Content airing throughout the month will focus on:
    • How support groups provided virtual service during the pandemic
    • Navigating through grief, mental illness, anxiety
    • How racism has taken a toll on communities of color
  • As the tri-state area is set to reopen fully on May 19th, ABC7 will hold a “Mental Wellness Matters” town hall on May 13th.
  • Viewers can stream the town hall on WABC’s free ABC7 New York App and connected TV apps.


ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles

  • The network will air weekly content raising awareness about mental health.
  • Mental Wellness Matters” town hall airs Thursday, May 20 (4:30-5:00 p.m. PDT), with community mental health partners and experts to answer viewers’ questions and share resources.
  • ABC7 is also partnering with:
    • UCLA Health
    • National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
    • Pacific Clinics
    • San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center
    • Nonprofit community organizations throughout Southern California.
  • Viewers can stream content on the station’s free news app ABC7 Los Angeles and  connected TV apps.

ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago 

  • In addition to mental health-related content throughout the month WLS hosts two virtual town halls series, Our Chicago: Voices of the Community on May 13th and May 27th.
  • Windy City LIVE dedicates a mental health hour on May 24th to include an open discussion with a panel of experts, a mental health and wellness segment, and discuss the various mental health apps available.

6ABC/WPVI-TV Philadelphia 

  • The network will air segments every Monday in May on various mental health topics during the 5 p.m. newscast.
  • The station will stream a digital town hall, “Minding Your Mental Health” on May 20th.  
  • The town hall will be available to view on and across its free 6abc Philadelphia news streaming app, with both local and national resources made available to viewers.


ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco

  • Monthlong content includes raising awareness of mental health issues throughout the Bay Area and providing local resources.
  • The ABC7 Listens town hall, Stop the Hate: Protect Our AAPI Communities, airs May 14th.
  • In support of Mental Health Action Day, ABC7 will air “Your Mental Health: A Bay Area Conversation” town hall during its 4 pm newscast on May 20th and live stream the program across its free ABC7 Bay Area news app and connected TV apps.


ABC13/KTRK-TV Houston 

  • Viewers can tune in for monthlong content including a “Mental Health Action Day'' town hall, Action 13: COVID-19 and Our Restaurant Industry, on May 20th.
  • ABC 13 supports “NAMIWalks 2021” airing local stories about the work NAMI Greater Houston does for the community, including fundraisers, programs, providing resources and mental health advocacy.


ABC11/WTVD-TV Raleigh-Durham 

  • Following The Silent Struggle special, WTVD shares an exclusive “Silent Struggle” stream-only town hall continuing the discussion on WTVD’s free ABC11 North Carolina App and connected TV.
  • Additionally, for Mental Health Action Day, WTVD will investigate the “Model Minority” stereotypes that looks at the damaging effects to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
  • That same week, an intersection of Jewish American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness. Wake County Holocaust survivors explain their history and present-day isolation and displacement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • WTVD will air an additional virtual town hall to help connect viewers with resources supporting “Mental Health Action Day” on May 20th.  


ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno

  • The network dedicates an “ABC30 Together” segment sharing stories through a multicultural lens on May 19th, raising awareness of mental health challenges in communities of color, specifically the experience of the Latino communities.
  • In support of Mental Health Action Day, ABC30 will air exclusive content and local resources on May 20th.