According to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost one in five Americans will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. Despite this, stigma of those with mental illnesses is common throughout the country, according to both the CDC and the NIH. In 1990, Congress designated the first full week in October National Mental Illness Awareness week in order to bring attention to these issues.
Why is there stigma around mental illness? What effect can stigma have on those with mental illness? Join @NewsHour for a Twitter chat from 1-2 p.m. EDT Friday, Oct. 9. We will discuss these questions with the Director for Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University Dr. Jonathan Metzl (@JonathanMetzl); Award-winning mental health writer Natasha Tracy (@Natasha_Tracy); Mental health advocate and creator of “Sh*t People Say To People With Mental Illness” viral video Rachel Griffin (@RachelGriffin22); Creator of the #MedicatedandMighty viral movement Erin Jones (@muthalovnautism); Mental Health Editor at The Mighty Sarah Schuster (@TheMightySite); and Bob Carolla of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (@).
Read some of the highlights from the discussion below.