Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Positive Feedback on "The Stigma of Mental Illness"

We received a lot of positive feedback about last night's premiere of "The Stigma of Mental Illness" on PCNC's What's On Your Mind. A congratulatory phone call from our funder, the Staunton Farm Foundation, really made our day here at NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania.

In the first segment of the program, two successful, accomplished women with mental illness shared their personal experiences of overcoming stigma. Below are Shirlee Hopper Scherch, executive director of Peer Support and Advocacy Network (PSAN), and Julie Kostenbader, peer specialist at Mental Health America (MHA).

In segment two, NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania's Executive Director Chris Michaels appeared alongside MHA of Westmoreland County's Director Laurie Barnett Levine. They talked about mental illness: what it is, how it can be treated, and why stigma is the greatest barrier.

In the final segment, the co-host Dr. Safdar Chaudhary and MHA's Rich Stillwagon summarized and wrapped up the program.

Special thanks to the show's lovely and talented host Susan Brozeck Scott (pictured far right in the group photo below). If you missed What's On Your Mind, please view it this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on PCNC.