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How Can We Change Minds About Mental Health?

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Living with a mental illness can be a confusing and fear-inducing experience. For many, the stigmasurrounding mental illness prevents individuals from seeking professional help or long-term solutions.

One in 17 Americans currently live with a serious mental illness and one in five have reported having an experience with a mental health disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

This includes mood disorders, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, as well as behavioral conditionslike eating disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If untreated, mental illnesses can lead to a range of unnecessary outcomes including disability, unemployment, inappropriate incarceration, and even death. 

How can people of different backgrounds and youth develop a better understanding of mental health? In what ways can society be more inclusive and accepting of the reality around mental illness?

What are the barriers to seeking treatment and maintaining recovery? How can local resources be more effective in reaching people with the most need?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.