One of every five American adults experience a mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
And yet many coworkers, friends and family members are unaware of what they are going through.
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is hosting a panel of speakers during ‘Minding the Silence’ to raise awareness of the prevalence of mental illness on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The event is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. in the B.S. Roberts Room in the OSU-Tulsa Conference Center in North Hall.
The event is free and open to the public.
“Mental illness is a silent disability that no one can see and that nobody talks much about,” said Brittney Chancey, student disabilities coordinator at OSU-Tulsa. “People with mental illness don’t talk about it because of the stigma and shame they feel.”
Several panelists will discuss the effect of mental illness on people’s lives, including an OSU-Tulsa student who will share his personal experience and mental health professionals who will describe their patients’ struggles.
In addition, representatives from Tulsa Community College, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, the National Alliance for Mental Illness and the OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center will be available to provide information about their services.
The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
“I believe it is important to share personal stories of how people can succeed academically or in their day-to-day lives while living with mental illness,” Chancey said. “I am hoping this event will inspire people living with mental illness to reach past perceived limitations. We also want the community to better understand what life is like for people with mental illness.”
For more information about the event, call OSU-Tulsa’s Student Disability Services at 918-594-8354 or visit the office website.