Nickelodeon's Nick News Tackles Mounting Mental Health Crisis Among Kids in Candid Roundtable Discussion

​Additional segments include a lesson about the economy from U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and a look at what it takes to prep for Olympic gold with the U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team
Feb 23, 2022 4:15 PM ET
Press Release

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., February 23, 2022 /3BL Media/– Nickelodeon’s award-winning Nick News shone a spotlight on the crucial topic of kids and mental health in a brand-new episode that debuted Wednesday, February 16 on Nickelodeon. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy joined a group of middle schoolers for an open roundtable discussion where the kids shared personal stories of how they manage their mental wellness and get advice from the nation’s top doctor on how to cope with anxiety and stress.

Hosted by CBS News Correspondent Vladimir Duthiers, this half-hour installment of Nick News also included kid journalist Rory Hu, reporting from Washington, D.C., offering viewers an insider’s look at the U.S. Mint, and a wide-ranging interview with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, covering everything from the current state of the U.S. Economy to the new American Women Quarters Program, which celebrates the accomplishments and contributions made by women to the development and history of our country. This year’s inaugural collection features the likenesses of Maya Angelou, Dr. Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Nina Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong.

“The last two years have been challenging, but most especially for kids across the country who have had to contend with a pandemic, economic uncertainty, a fraught political landscape and so much more”, said Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Vice President of News Programming, Nickelodeon and Executive Producer of Nick News. “In this episode of Nick News, we do what we’re aiming to do, give kids a platform to voice their thoughts and feelings, and because knowledge is not only power but empowering, we bring in the experts U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen to inform and connect our audience to vital resources.”

Additionally, CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas took viewers into the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team training facility outside Minneapolis, Minnesota to showcase the grit and determination this team of remarkable athletes will tap into as they defend their 2018 Olympic gold medal win at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Nick News closed with a personal message of solidarity from 2022 Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Raven Saunders, letting kids know that if they struggle with anxiety, stress or any mental health issues they are not alone, and she knows firsthand that help and resources are out there for those in need.

Following the premiere on Nickelodeon, this new episode of Nick News is available on Nick.com, Nick App and Nick On Demand beginning Thursday, February 17.

Nickelodeon’s Nick News has won 10 Emmys, a Peabody, a Columbia DuPont, and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for Journalistic Excellence, the first and only time it was given to a children’s program. The show originally aired for 25 years, ending with the retirement of creator and original host Linda Ellerbee in 2016. Created with a core ethos of respecting its kid audience, the show explained world events in a direct way, and always ensured kids were given a platform to voice their opinions and a safe place to question the world. Nick News made its return last June with a special hour-long presentation Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special, hosted by global superstar Alicia Keys. Nick News is executive produced by Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, Vice President of News Programming, Nickelodeon and Executive Producer of Nick News.

Nickelodeon, now in its 42nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

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Thamar Romero
Thamar.romero@nick.com