Connections: Combating the stigma of mental illness

Jun 13, 2017

How can we combat the stigma of mental illness? Negative perceptions of mental health issues can have deleterious effects for patients: the stigma often inhibits them from seeking treatment and can create barriers in the workplace, social circles, and the legal system.

Healthcare is evolving to better serve the mental health population and reduce this stigma. We discuss new practices, a film series aimed at improving perceptions of mental health, and an art project that’s putting a “human face” on the issue. In studio:

  • Dr. Larry Guttmacher, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and co-director of the Reel Mind film series
  • Patrick Bailey, peer advocate in the forensic unit of the Rochester Psychiatric Center
  • Charmaine Wheatley, artist-in-residence at the University of Rochester Medical Center