‘Resilient Idaho’ Features Local Mental Health Resources

During Mental Health Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12), Idaho Public Television will present six nights of programs that celebrate resilience in the face of adversity and trauma. Local production Resilient Idaho, a panel discussion hosted by Gemma Gaudette, will feature local mental health resources presented by Idaho professionals.

Programming begins Monday, Oct. 7, with Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope (7 PM) and Resilient Idaho: Hope After Trauma (8 PM).

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope is a highly acclaimed documentary that focuses on the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Researchers have recently discovered this dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. Toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. The film, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress — and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.

Resilient Idaho: Hope After Trauma, an hourlong panel discussion hosted by Boise State Public Radio’s Gemma Gaudette, will present three groups of local experts discussing mental health challenges faced by children, teens and adults. The panels will include up to 15 guests from around the state, who are experts in their field of human services, identifying and discussing complex problems caused by trauma and stress encountered in childhood and how this impacts us as we age. Experts will look at the complexities through three age groups — birth to grade school, teens and adults — to lay out the problems encountered by each group, and to identify experts in Idaho communities who are available to assist. In addition to the broadcast, Resilient Idaho will stream on Facebook (facebook.com/idahoptv) and will remain there for viewers to access. It will also be available Oct. 8 for streaming at video.idahoptv.org and through the PBS Video app.

Panelists Scheduled to Appear on ‘Resilient Idaho’:

Birth through grade school

  • Dr. Tom Patterson – Pediatrician, Family Medical Residency of Idaho
  • Cindi Richardson – Program Manager at Panhandle Health District
  • Janelle Stauffer – Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Community Advocate
  • Cathie Johnson – Education Administrator, Community Council of Idaho, Migrant Seasonal Head Start
  • Tamra Vanegas – Counseling and Social Work Supervisor, Boise School District


  • Dr. Christopher Streeter – Board Certified General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Luis Granados – Executive Director, Breaking Chains Academy of Development
  • Scott Curtis – Licensed Master of Social Work, Idaho Youth Ranch CEO
  • John F. Varin – Retired Camas County Magistrate Judge


  • Darshan Soske – Vet Center Director, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Will Strength – Director and Co-founder of Dad Speak
  • Penelope Hansen – Mental Health Coordinator, Boise Police Department
  • Ross Edmonds – Behavioral Health Administrator, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Abhilash K. Desai MD – Medical Director, Board Certified Geriatric Psychiatrist

Additional mental health awareness programs that will air during the week include Hope Lives; the six-part series Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Public Health Issue; Arts Over ACEs; Close to Home: Depression; Healing Beyond Medicine; It’s “Just” Anxiety; Local USA: Opioids From Inside; and Kids in Crisis: You’re Not Alone.

This week of mental health awareness programs is made possible by funding from Optum Idaho.

Resilient Idaho is produced in partnership with St. Luke’s Community Health, ECHO Idaho and WWAMI University of Idaho, Idaho Division of Veterans Services, Children’s Home Society of Idaho, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, The Children’s Trust Fund, Prevent Child Abuse Idaho, Idaho Department of Correction, The Speedy Foundation and the Idaho Suicide Prevention HotlineJannus Inc.

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