Help Reduce the Stigma

NEOMED is seeking students who are willing to share their struggles with mental health issues, as well as their positive experiences with treatment, to participate in a student panel held Jan. 10 from noon-12:50 p.m. in Olson.  The event, which is open to all students, is presented for and by students, and is sponsored with a free lunch by the Psychiatry Student Interest Group and NAMI on Campus. Mark R. Munetz, M.D., Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, will moderate.

The panel is coordinated with classes in the Professional Foundations Course, which in January will focus on suicide prevention. Perceptions that seeking help for mental health concerns will have negative effects on how one is viewed by faculty and peers may discourage those who are experiencing distress from reaching out to family, friends and mental health professionals. The goal of these NEOMED classes and panel is to reduce the stigma associated with anyone seeking help for mental health issues they may be experiencing. 

Please contact Dr. Munetz if you would like to participate in the panel.  You may reach him at or 330.325.6691.

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