Becoming Less Alone: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health

How can we move from a pathologized model of mental health toward a more holistic one? Radical changes in the ways that we view, treat, and experience everything from depression to schizophrenia are being called for by those who have been stigmatized by labels and long-held attitudes about mental health. 

Using the current Riverside Theatre production of Every Brilliant Thing as the starting point of our conversation, we'll explore ways in which the terrain around mental health is shifting, from artistic portrayals to the work of groups like the UI's own Active Minds.

This informal conversation features Sean Lewis, director of Every Brilliant Thing and artistic director of Riverside Theatre; Corey Hickner-Johnson, Obermann Graduate Fellow and English PhD Candidate with an emphasis on disability studies; and Barry Schreier, director of UI Counseling Service.

Watch the video of this conversation on City Channel 4.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 4:00pm

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How can we move from a pathologized model of mental health toward a more holistic one? Radical changes in the ways that we view, treat, and experience everything from depression to schizophrenia are being called for by those who have been stigmatized by labels and long-held attitudes about mental health. 

Using the current Riverside Theatre production of EVERY BRILLIANT THING as the starting point of our conversation, we'll explore ways in which the terrain around mental health is shifting, from artistic portrayals to the work of groups like the UI's own Active Minds.

This informal conversation features SEAN LEWIS, director of Every Brilliant Thing and artistic director of Riverside Theatre; COREY HICKNER-JOHNSON, Obermann Graduate Fellow and English PhD Candidate with an emphasis on disability studies; and BARRY SCHREIER, director of UI Counseling Service.