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Advancing Mental Health Awareness in Kentucky

Advancing Mental Health Awareness in Kentucky

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Renee Shaw talks with Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky, about recent policies advancing mental health in Kentucky and intervention strategies for preventing suicide.
Season 17 Episode 26 Length 27:01 Premiere: 5/15/22

Executive Director of Mental Health Nonprofit Discusses a Troubling Rise in Suicide and Ways to Help

The news of Naomi Judd’s untimely death shocked her fans, but also left many wondering what happened to the 76-year-old singer-songwriter who, along with her daughter Wynonna, dominated country music in the 1980s and 1990s.

Wynonna and her sister, the actress Ashley Judd, initially announced on social media that they “lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” Naomi Judd, a native of Ashland, had been open about her struggles with depression over the years.

But Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky, says the daughters’ statement on their mother’s death left many people confused about what happened to Naomi. Timmerman says people with severe mental illness die 10 years younger on average than their counterparts due to issues like side effects from medications or from not addressing other health conditions.

In a subsequent television interview, Ashley Judd said her mother died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Timmerman says for all the advantages that fame and fortune can bring, celebrities can still end up feeling isolated and alone. And even with the best medications and therapy, successful treatment of a mental illness is not guaranteed.

“Unfortunately, it seems like maybe Miss Judd had a setback of some sort and didn’t have the right toolbox to help her deal with that setback,” says Timmerman.

Mental Health Impacts from the Lingering COVID Pandemic

The overall suicide rate in the United States increased 30 percent from 2000 to 2020. Since the COVID pandemic, that rate has decreased slightly, Still, in 2020 alone, nearly 46,000 Americans died by suicide, while 1.2 million others attempted to take their own lives, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mental Health America of Kentucky seeks to improve the accessibility and quality of mental health services in the state and provide a range of resources to help people identify and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse.

“We want people to be treated before they end up in a hospital or jail situation,” says Timmerman. “There’s no reason that we can’t screen people for mental health issues all their life – get that checkup from the neck up once every month or so.”

Although many people have returned to normal activities as the most intense phases of the COVID pandemic have eased, Timmerman says the residual effects of stress and uncertainty as well as, for some, job loss or the death of a loved one continue to ripple through the population.

“The need for services has actually skyrocketed even more,” she says. “Our number of crisis calls continues to rise.”

Timmerman says important signs to look for in your own behavior or in others is a reduced ability to concentrate, sadness or crying that lasts for weeks, and withdrawing from friends and family.

“You just don’t get joy out of being around people, or you’re not getting joy out of the hobbies and things you used to do,” she says. “Then one other thing is anger... Anger is related to depression and sadness… We tend to lash out in anger when things aren’t well.”

Unfortunately, finding mental health assistance can be difficult in Kentucky. Timmerman says the state doesn’t have enough providers, especially counselors of color as well as therapists who work in rural communities or who specialize in helping children. Even when services are available, Timmerman says it may take a few tries to find a counselor you want to see regularly.

“Finding a therapist is like dating: You’ve got to go through a few of them sometimes before you find the right fit,” she says. “The first one you’re assigned may not be a good fit.”

If you or a loved one are in an emergency situation, help is always available through the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. But starting July 16, Timmerman says that number will be simplified to 988. She says the hotline operators are prepared to handle a range of situations.

“Over 94 percent of folks don’t need lights and sirens at their house that minute,” she says. “They actually just need a next-day appointment or someone to hang out with them tonight – a friend or some family member to come over and just keep them safe until morning.”

Timmerman also encourages people who are worried about a friend or loved one to ask if they are okay. If the situation seems critical, she encourages people to specifically ask if they are suicidal.

“It’s always best to be direct, as direct as you can be,” she says. “It’s awkward sometimes, but it’s really important.”

One question to avoid, though, is are you thinking of hurting yourself. Timmerman says that can mean different things to different people.

And once you’ve asked if the person is suicidal, Timmerman says you need to be prepared to stay with that person until they can get help, either through the suicide hotline or by taking them to a professional health care or mental health provider. Timmerman says it’s also wise to make sure the person doesn’t have easy access to lethal weapons or to medications on which they could overdose.

Recent Legislative Actions on Mental Health

The 2022 General Assembly passed legislation that will assist with mental health in the commonwealth. Timmerman says lawmakers allocated $500,000 for the transition to the new hotline number and related services. A bipartisan measure also makes mental health a legitimate excuse for student absences from school. Another bill removes the death penalty as an option for criminals who have certain previously diagnosed severe mental illnesses.

Lawmakers also approved a Medicaid waiver that Timmerman says mental health advocates have sought for more than 20 years.

“This waiver will allow us to do supportive employment and supportive housing for people with severe mental illness… like the schizophrenia, the major depressive disorder, the bipolar, those kinds of things,” she says. “It will help a lot of our most severe folks stop the revolving door.”

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Renee Shaw talks with Marcie Timmerman, executive director of Mental Health America of Kentucky, about recent policies advancing mental health in Kentucky and intervention strategies for preventing suicide.

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From the USDA in Washington, D.C., Renee talks with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who discusses the White House's response to the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the nation, and the Obama Administration's budget proposal to invest more than $1 billion dollars in addiction treatment. Secretary Vilsack is personally familiar with addiction as he watched his adoptive mother struggle with drug use before she eventually found a path to sobriety. He and Renee discuss the challenges of treating addicts in rural areas, the connections between poverty and addiction, drug-monitoring programs to prevent doctor shopping, and the use of technology in recovery tools. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Terrence Walton

Premiered On: 07/15/2016

Renee's guest is Terrence Walton, chief operating officer of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Of the nearly 2.5 million people incarcerated in America, nearly half of them are in jail because of drug use and addiction. There are more than 3,000 drug courts across the nation to help those with substance-abuse disorders get and stay on the right side of the law. Renee talks with Terrence Walton in Baltimore, Maryland, about the success of drug courts in helping addicts recover and reducing crime. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Dr. Leana Wen

Premiered On: 07/22/2016

Renee's guest is Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner, emergency room physician, and patient advocate. Renee visits the Baltimore City Health Department to talk with Dr. Wen about the country's struggle to manage pain, physician responsibility in prescribing powerful painkillers, harm-reduction techniques like needle exchange, and the accessibility of overdose-reversal drugs. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Gary Tuggle

Premiered On: 07/29/2016

Renee's guest is Gary Tuggle, special agent in charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Philadelphia Division. With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Tuggle, a Baltimore native, began his law enforcement career as a Baltimore City police officer. Renee catches up with him in his hometown to talk about the portals of heroin into the U.S., the DEA's new strategy in addressing heroin trafficking and use, and the rise of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl that's claiming more lives and endangering law enforcement. Part of KET's "Inside Opioid Addiction" initiative, funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Renee speaks with former NBA standout Dominique Wilkins about his storied career and his current mission to help combat the nation's diabetes epidemic.

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Premiered On: 08/12/2016

Renee speaks with Tameka Montgomery, who was appointed in 2013 by President Obama to lead the Office of Entrepreneurial Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. In her capacity as Associate Administrator, she is charged with driving programs and policies that support national entrepreneurial training and education programs.

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Phil Wilkins

Premiered On: 08/19/2016

Renee's guest is businessman and entrepreneur Phil Wilkins, who owns Dream Big Restaurants LLC. He discusses his approach to entrepreneurship and how self-confidence is at the core of his success as a businessman.

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf

Premiered On: 09/09/2016

Dr. Robert Califf, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), talks about the FDA's new response to drug addiction unveiled earlier this year, resulting in efforts to expand the availability of overdose reversal drugs. Renee spoke with Dr. Califf during his recent listening tour at the Pikeville Medical Center, where he heard from frontline healthcare workers and policy makers battling and treating addiction. Part of KET's ongoing Inside Opioid Addiction initiative funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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Mitzi Sinnott

Premiered On: 09/16/2016

Mitzi Sinnott, award-winning playwright and actor, talks about her critically acclaimed one-woman play "Snapshot" and shares her experience of growing up as the biracial daughter of a black father and white mother from Central Appalachia. Sinnott uses her art to spark conversations about the legacy of race, class, and violence in America.

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David Thompson

Premiered On: 11/11/2016

Renee speaks with David Thompson, vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. They discuss how a new administration will affect nonprofit organizations.

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Cory Jewell Jensen

Premiered On: 01/13/2017

Renee speaks with Cory Jewell Jensen, M.S., who directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon. She has spent nearly 30 years working with and interviewing sex offenders. Jensen is using those candid conversations with child molesters to train law enforcement, child abuse prevention groups, and others.

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Patricia Peacock

Premiered On: 04/28/2017

Nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men say they experienced sexual trauma while in the military. Renee speaks with Dr. Patricia Peacock, military sexual trauma coordinator at the Lexington VA Medical Center and a licensed clinical social worker, about programs that are helping veterans with military sexual trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge

Premiered On: 06/23/2017

What does it take to be a good leader? Renee speaks with Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams, the creators of the High Impact Leadership Project that helps people build their leadership prowess. Then, life coach Colene Elridge discusses her workplace trainings on communication, generational understanding, empowering women in leadership roles, and self-care.

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Walter Gilliam

Premiered On: 07/07/2017

Renee's guest is Pikeville, Kentucky native Walter Gilliam, director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and associate professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gilliam has done extensive research in early childhood education and intervention policy analysis and talks about his research on implicit bias among preschool educators. He was a keynote speaker at Kentucky's 2017 Early Childhood Institute conference in Louisville.

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Kayla Rae Whitaker

Premiered On: 07/14/2017

Renee's guest is Mt. Sterling native and author Kayla Rae Whitaker, one of the writers featured at the 2017 Kentucky Women Writers Conference at the University of Kentucky. Whitaker's debut novel, "The Animators", explores the complexities of female friendships, self-identity, and success in the male-dominated field of animation.

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Sec. Vickie Yates Brown Glisson

Premiered On: 08/04/2017

Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, talks about Governor Bevin's plan to overhaul the state's Medicaid program, how the cabinet is responding to the opioid addiction crisis, and recruiting and retaining social workers.

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Jeff Hawkins and Robert Brown

Premiered On: 08/11/2017

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) serves 21 school districts in southeast Kentucky. Renee speaks with Jeff Hawkins, executive director, and Robert Brown, professional learning lead, of KVEC.

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Carol Peachee

Premiered On: 08/18/2017

Photographer Carol Peachee discusses her books, including "The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries" that captures lost distilleries and those undergoing renewal. Peachee is also a pioneer in the integrative health field with decades of clinical experience in counseling, mindfulness practices, and internal arts. She is the founder of the Center for Mindful Living Practices.

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Sam Quinones

Premiered On: 09/01/2017

Renee speaks with journalist Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic and other books. A reporter for almost 30 years, Quinones lived and worked as a freelance writer in Mexico and is a former reporter for the LA Times.

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Kristin Ashford - Smoking Cessation and Pregnancy

Premiered On: 09/08/2017

Renee speaks with Kristin Ashford, Ph.D., a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing whose research focuses on prenatal care and interventions aimed at preventing/ending tobacco use and illicit drugs. The program features a young woman who's participating in "Get Fit and Quit" recovery/smoking cessation program that is a partnership between the UK College of Nursing, Chrysalis House (a treatment center for women), and the YMCA. Part of KET's on-going initiative "Smoking and Health" funded in part by a grant from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

Premiered On: 09/22/2017

Renee sits down with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for a wide-ranging, one-on-one interview. Filmed at the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, Chao discusses the U.S. Department of Transportation's involvement in emergency response and rebuilding efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, plans to address the nation's transportation infrastructure, and other issues.

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Steve Beshear

Premiered On: 09/29/2017

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear discusses his new book, "People Over Politics", that covers the tests and triumphs of his administration from 2007-2015. He talks about embracing the Affordable Care Act and expanding Medicaid in Kentucky, his philosophical evolution on same-sex marriage, his unsuccessful struggle with advancing expanded gambling, the persistent plight of funding public employee pensions, among other issues.

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Jessie Laine Powell - S11 E31

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  • Monday May 16, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 16, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Marcie Timmerman - Mental Health America of Kentucky - S17 E32

  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 18, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Oral Health Care In Kentucky - S11 E30

  • Friday May 13, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 13, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kishonna Gray - S11 E29

  • Thursday May 12, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 12, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Gretchen Hunt - S11 E28

  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:29 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 9:29 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Dr. Erin Frazier - S11 E27

  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 10, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Crystal Wilkinson - S11 E26

  • Monday May 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 9, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams - S17 E31

  • Sunday May 15, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 15, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 14, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes - S11 E25

  • Friday May 6, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday May 6, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention - S11 E24

  • Thursday May 5, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday May 5, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

A Tribute to Georgia Davis Powers - S11 E18

  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Andrew Brennen - S11 E17

  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday May 3, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Anthony Smith - S11 E16

  • Monday May 2, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday May 2, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Brigitte Blom - Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence - S17 E30

  • Sunday May 8, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 8, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday May 7, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday May 4, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Wayne Lewis - S11 E15

  • Friday April 29, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 29, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear - S11 E11

  • Thursday April 28, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 28, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Miss Kentucky Clark Davis - S11 E10

  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Ari Berman - S11 E9

  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 26, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Allison Joseph - S11 E8

  • Monday April 25, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Monday April 25, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Tom Shelton - Henry Clay Center - S17 E18

  • Sunday May 1, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday May 1, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 30, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 27, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET2
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 12:00 pm ET on KET
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 11:00 am CT on KET

Jill Seyfred - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky - S17 E28

  • Sunday April 24, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
  • Sunday April 24, 2022 7:00 am CT on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Saturday April 23, 2022 3:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm CT on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 6:00 pm ET on KET
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 5:00 pm CT on KET

Dorothy Butler Gilliam - S11 E7

  • Friday April 22, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Friday April 22, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Jacinda Townsend - S11 E6

  • Thursday April 21, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Thursday April 21, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Kellie Blair Hardt - S11 E5

  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 5:30 am ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday April 20, 2022 4:30 am CT on KETKY

Childhood Cancer - S11 E4

  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 9:30 pm CT on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 2:00 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday April 19, 2022 1:00 pm CT on KETKY
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Season 17 Episodes

Advancing Mental Health Awareness in Kentucky

S17 E26 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 5/15/22

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams

S17 E25 Length 27:36 Premiere Date 5/8/22

Brigitte Blom - Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

S17 E24 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 5/1/22

Jill Seyfred - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

S17 E23 Length 27:17 Premiere Date 4/18/22

Child Abuse Prevention in Kentucky

S17 E22 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 4/10/22

Kidney Health: Prevention, Treatment, and Organ Donation

S17 E21 Length 26:53 Premiere Date 4/3/22

Reporter Jonathan Bullington

S17 E20 Length 28:07 Premiere Date 2/27/22

Nikki Lanier - Harper Slade

S17 E19 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 2/20/22

WFPL's Stephanie Wolf and Jess Clark

S17 E18 Length 27:51 Premiere Date 2/13/22

Felicia C. Smith - National Center for Families Learning

S17 E17 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 2/6/22

Tom Shelton - Henry Clay Center

S17 E16 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 1/23/22

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Sec. Eric Friedlander

S17 E15 Length 28:10 Premiere Date 1/9/22

Exploring Solutions to the Healthcare Worker Shortage

S17 E14 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 12/12/21

William Turner on Black Life in Appalachia

S17 E13 Length 27:54 Premiere Date 11/21/21

Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson

S17 E12 Length 27:43 Premiere Date 11/14/21

Addressing Needs of Kentuckians with Disabilities

S17 E11 Length 27:36 Premiere Date 11/7/21

Chelsea Ellis-Hogan

S17 E9 Length 27:11 Premiere Date 10/31/21

2021 Kentucky Book Festival

S17 E8 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 10/24/21

Devine Carama

S17 E7 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 10/17/21

Rufus Friday

S17 E6 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 10/10/21

Aaron Thompson

S17 E5 Length 28:04 Premiere Date 10/3/21

Whitney Austin - Reducing Gun Violence

S17 E4 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 9/26/21

Filmmaker Sarah Burns

S17 E3 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 9/19/21

Charlene Buckles and Dan Wu

S17 E2 Length 27:23 Premiere Date 9/12/21

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