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Pratt Chat Recognizing World Mental Health Day October 10, 2018 with Rob McGinness and Howie Field

Watch this powerful video written and produced by two HK High School students.


On Friday, March 29, 2019, a free, public panel discussion focused on the issue of student mental health was held at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at Southern Connecticut State University. This discussion featured a panel of experts who addressed common mental health struggles faced by many students, as well as the resources and opportunities available for support.

Portions of this panel discussion are showcased in the new one-hour program Student Mental Health: Crucial Conversations, which premiered on CPTV on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8 p.m. and encores on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 6 p.m. and in September 2019 (date and time to be announced). The program is also now available to stream in its entirety on this page (above).

Student Mental Health: Crucial Conversations also features insights from student and mental health advocates through prerecorded interviews, storytelling, and select responses recorded during the audience Q&A at the live event.

Don’t miss this timely exploration of an issue affecting countless students and their families.

About the Panel Discussion

The panel discussion featured in Student Mental Health: Crucial Conversations was moderated by Noah Finz, Sports Television Anchor and Journalist for Vantage Sports Network.

Panelists included:

  • Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

  • Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Commissioner, The Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

  • Kate Fagan, Author, Former ESPN Reporter, TV Personality, Former College Athlete

  • Nick Pinkerton, Psy.D., Director of Counseling Services, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Jermaine Wright, Ph.D., Associate Vice President-Student Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University

For more on the host and panelists, click here.

Resources for Immediate Intervention

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact one of the following resources:

Additional Resources

Student Mental Health: Crucial Conversations is a Partnership Production. Learn more about Partnership Productions at

Funding provided by:


Additional support:


2-1-1 is a program of United Way of Connecticut and is supported by
the State of Connecticut and Connecticut United Ways


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 in the United States:

Call, text, or Chat 988 or Call

1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Languages: English, Espanol

Or Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741

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Languages: English, Espanol


No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.



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