Media Focus on Mental Health Supports
In a 1969 Senate Hearing, Mr. Rogers calmly explained the importance of his show based upon his care for children and their mental health. He recounted the benefits of ensuring that children know that “feelings are mentionable and manageable” and that doing this is a “great service for mental health.” He was able to secure $20 million in funding for public television with his sincere and heartfelt statements. His focus on kids and their well-being and ability to function socially and mentally within society was unparalleled. Each episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood ended with him saying… “there is no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” Beautiful.