WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

For Immediate Release


Rochester, New York (May 13, 2014) – The national healthcare series Second Opinion, produced by WXXI, the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and West 175 Productions, has won a Silver Communicator Award for its “Teen Depression” episode in the Film/Video Health and Wellness category. The Communicator Awards, presented by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.

Second Opinion’s award-winning episode “Teen Depression” looks at the serious medical problem that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and lack of interest, and can lead to emotional and physical problems--even suicide. Olivia Reardon, who suffered from depression as a teen, shares her story, while her mother Ellen talks about how they got through it together. Experts Louis J. Papa, MD, FACP, Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Jeff Prince, MD, Director of Child Psychiatry, North Shore Medical Center, also join in the conversation. The episode includes a Myth or Medicine segment with Michael A. Scharf, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who answers the question, “Are antidepressants safe for teenagers?” and a Second Opinion 5 segment, where Susan McDaniel, Ph D, Director, Institute for the Family, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, explains the five warning signs of teen depression.

Second Opinion is the only regularly scheduled health series on public television. Each week, Dr. Peter Salgo engages a panel of medical professionals and patients in honest, in-depth discussions about life-changing medical decisions. Using intriguing, real-life medical cases, the specialists grapple with diagnosis and treatment options to give viewers the most up-to-date, accurate medical information. 

Second Opinion’s executive producers are Elissa Orlando and Elizabeth Brock. Fiona Willis is the series’ producer. The series is distributed by American Public Television and is made possible with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

Second Opinion airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. on WXXI-WORLD (DT21.2), and on more than 250 PBS stations across the country. To learn more, visit: secondopinion-tv.org


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.


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