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.