Kids In Crisis: You're Not Alone

In-Person Event Date

February 27, 2021 - 11:20am
Virtual Performance Dates: 
Saturday, February 27, 2021 to Saturday, March 27, 2021
Q and A with Filmmaker following the film session:
Rory Linnane
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Date Completed: 
May, 2019

This documentary is about youth mental health, a critical issue in our state and across the country. It is based on the "Kids in Crisis" series by reporter Rory Linnane from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/USA TODAY Network. The film features four young diverse individuals who talk candidly about their mental health challenges and journeys in order to help others speak up and get help. Their stories are heartbreaking but their messages are courageous and inspiring.
This documentary helped add two new laws in Wisconsin to help aid students in their mental health journeys.
This film was produced with a shorter timeframe in mind in order for teachers and counselors to use in the classroom and during sessions.


Maryann Lazarski

Maryann has been involved in broadcast journalism, television and documentary production, and education for over 35 years.

She currently serves as editorial producer for Milwaukee PBS, along with being the executive producer of 10thirtysix, a monthly news-magazine show for the station. Maryann also produces documentaries, including the national-award-winning production "Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone" on youth mental health. Maryann’s documentary on war photojournalist Dickey Chapelle, “Behind the Pearl Earrings,” earned a spot in the Milwaukee Film Festival in 2016.

Maryann has earned several regional Emmy Awards for her work in addition to many state and national awards during her broadcast journalism career. She is a member of the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, recognized for her outstanding contributions to the television industry and her 25-plus year career.

Maryann spent 20 years at WISN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, where she held several producing and management positions including executive producer, assistant news director, and interim news director. Under her leadership, WISN-TV won both an Emmy and a National Associated Press Award for coverage of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Teaching has been a big part of Maryann’s career. She was an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department at Cardinal Stritch University where she taught audio and video storytelling, and oral communications. Prior to Stritch, Maryann was on the journalism faculty at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Maryann served on the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association’s Education Committee, and is a long-time member of the Milwaukee Press Club Board of Governors.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University in Milwaukee.