Sharing the truth about mental illness

For Immediate Release: March 16, 2016 

BLOOMSBURG – A panel forum to challenge misperceptions about mental illness will be held Wednesday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in Bloomsburg University’s Kehr Union, multipurpose room B.

According to Todd Hastings, assistant professor of nursing, nearly one in four to five people in the U.S. has a diagnosable mental disorder. The negative stigma typically associated with mental illness and the issue of mental health in general have a debilitating effect at the personal level and within communities, including a campus community.

Ignorance and limited insight about mental health can lead to fear and confusion, Hastings said. During the March 30 forum, regional experts in the field of mental health treatment will share insights about mental health. Individuals from the community will comment on the challenges and triumphs of living with mental illness and a dramatic presentation will be shown showcasing the life experience of the mentally ill.

Mental illness does not have to result in less-than-fulfilling life experiences, Hastings said. It is important to increase awareness and share stories of resiliency and success to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes for people with mental illness.

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.