Bertie native explores mental health impact

Published 5:46 pm Friday, September 24, 2021

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A&E Network is set to premiere a new special under the Voices Magnified banner focusing on mental health in America in partnership with OZY.

Voices Magnified is a cross-platform campaign spotlighting and amplifying the voices of those making changes in their communities for the greater good.

Representing the collective voice of the A+E Networks portfolio, the initiative creates thought-provoking specials and a robust series of short form videos that give a national spotlight to timely and important conversations on equality and social reform which are occurring across America today. The full collection of short form videos can be found at

Premiering at 10 pm on Monday, Sept. 27, “Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis” examines at how the digital world is impacting the mental health of America’s youth.

Hosted by OZY’s Carlos Watson, a native of Bertie County, this special will tell first-person stories of teens and young adults grappling with the obsessive use of social media, computers, mobile devices and video games, and ask the question: how do these digital technologies impact their stress-levels, social interactions, self-esteem and overall mental health?

This special will pinpoint how addiction to the digital world is impacting the brains of our youth and will shed light on things we as a society can do to help.

Viewers can find additional information and resources for help at

“Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis” are produced for A&E Network by the Category 6 Media™ group and OZY. Chris Rantamaki and Samir Rao serve as executive producers for OZY with Sharon Scott, Kristy Sabat and Annie Allen executive producing for Category 6. Brad Holcman serves as executive producer for A&E.