Learning Objectives At the conclusion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:
Identify approaches and strategies for combating stigma.
Recognize the role that the media plays in promulgating negative stereotypes about mental illness.
Discuss how local schools deal with mental illness.
Identify the role of race in perceptions about mental illness disparities.
Recognize the legal and social barriers facing people living with mental illness. Identify factors that lead to compassion fatigue by those responsible for the care of people living with mental illness.
Relate through personal stories those that have suffered from the stigma of living with mental illness, with an emphasis on positive ways of coping with the stigma.