Rosalynn Carter, Former Congressman Tony Coelho To Host Expert Discussion On Building Community Support For People With Mental Illness
April 17, 2013
ROSALYNN CARTER, FORMER CONGRESSMAN TONY COELHO
TO HOST EXPERT DISCUSSION ON BUILDING COMMUNITY SUPPORT
FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
ATLANTA… Former U.S. First Lady and Carter Center Co-Founder Rosalynn Carter and former Congressman Tony Coelho will join experts from the federal government and other mental health officials to discuss new research published in the American Journal of Public Health's first theme issue on stigma against people with mental illness on April 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Ga.
"Having worked in the mental health field for more than 40 years, I have seen firsthand the detrimental effects that stigma and discrimination can have on a person's recovery from mental illness," said Mrs. Carter who founded the Carter Center's Mental Health Program in 1991. "With one-quarter of Americans affected by mental illnesses every year, it is fitting that theAmerican Journal of Public Healthhas devoted this special theme issue to the important role stigma plays in overall public health and in wellness."
The theme issue is among the first public health publications ever devoted to new research on mental illness stigma and was sponsored by The Carter Center, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, with additional support from the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Directors.
Although one in four Americans will experience a mental illness each year, the stigma and discrimination against people who suffer from these disorders prevents millions from seeking and receiving effective treatment. It is estimated that the United States loses $317 billion annually because of untreated mental illnesses, a large portion of which is due to lost earnings. As a result, communities across the United States bear a staggering burden of untapped potential and needless suffering.
Although mental health stigma research, as a field, is relatively new, research has begun to drive a well-defined agenda to improve the knowledge base on this issue. Mental health experts agree there are many lessons that can be learned from other health conditions such as HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.
The special journal issue, which features new research on the public's understanding of mental illness, the health impacts of stigma, and more than 30 other expert articles, can be found at www.ajph.org.
The Carter Center Launch Event for the
American Journal of Public Health Special Theme Issue on Stigma
Thursday, April 18, 2013
2 – 3:00 p.m.
Thomas Bornemann, Ed.D.
Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program
Wayne Giles, M.D., M.S.
Director, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets
Assistant Director, The Carter Center Mental Health Program
Former U.S. First Lady and Carter Center Co-Founder Rosalynn Carter
Former Congressman Tony Coelho
Thom Bornemann, Ed.D.
|2:45 p.m.||Audience Q&A
- Read Mrs. Carter, Congressman Coelho, and Dr. David Satcher's opinion-editorial in the May 2013 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, "Addressing Stigma Through Social Inclusion" http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2012.301167