Discussing poverty, mental illness link

For Immediate Release:  Sept. 18, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University's Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) presents a lecture by Todd Hastings, “Poverty, Mental Illness, and Issues in Nursing Education,” as part of ICS's Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium.

The lecture, which will be held Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, Room G38, is free and open to the public.

The lecture by Hastings, assistant professor of nursing, focuses on the challenge faced by public health experts, particularly nurses, concerning what they see is a very strong connection between poverty and mental illness. Hasting’s presentation will examine these issues, and present the findings of his own research on the attitudes of nursing students toward the mentally ill. His findings may help nurse educators modify psychiatric nursing courses to foster improvement in student feelings about the mental health specialty. 

The lecture is part of the ICS’s Bloomsburg Explores Poverty symposium, aimed at increasing awareness of this topic and encouraging members of the campus community to become involved in organizing activities during the 2015-16 academic year.

The Institute for Culture and Society promotes research, scholarship and the creative and performing arts in BU’s College of Liberal Arts. The institute organizes lectures, presentations and performances that explore and explain aspects of human culture and society.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.