Mental Health and Families: No Road Maps Provided

As a society, we are sympathetic when physical illness upends a family. We send cards, cook meals, and generally express concern. But mental illness carries with it a big enough stigma that few families and individuals get the benefit of community support, let alone adequate help from schools or the health care system. The premise of this workshop is that the challenges of stigma, judgment, and self-blame require a shift in societal attitudes—more awareness of mental health issues and altered states and receptivity towards those who live with them. How can we build support networks for everyone struggling with their mental health and/or who experience altered or extreme states? This workshop will feature personal narratives (adults’ and children’s) from family members as well as clinicians. We will hold time for people to ask questions and to share their own perspectives.

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