Breakout Facilitator at the 2017 Teen Wellness Conference
Breaking Down Media Portrayals of Mental Illness
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Seen Anything Good Lately? The Role of Film & TV in Mental Wellness
Co-facilitator: Kelly Wilson
The storylines and characters that delight, disgust and/or just make us think are an endless topic of discussion amongst friends. In that way, TV and movies can be a powerful tool to bring mental health challenges to the attention of the general public and start to discuss issues that were once deemed as taboo. Depictions of mental illness can also further dehumanize and stigmatize these experiences, making it more difficult for someone who is struggling to reach for help. Join us for an open exploration of mental health-related themes in recent movies and shows, including 13 Reasons Why and To The Bone, among others. Come with your questions and comments as we watch some clips together and collectively form some ideas about the role of TV media in teen mental wellness. (The popcorn’s on us.)
Chantel Garrett founded Strong 365, a nonprofit project of One Mind Institute, to ensure that more people get the right kind of help and support for mental health concerns earlier – when it matters most. As supporter and advocate for her brother who lives with schizophrenia, Chantel’s work merges a personal passion with a 17 year career as a corporate marketer to drive radical change in the way we view brain health and how we access care. Chantel extends her passion for wellness by teaching yoga and mindfulness in under-served communities. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, one dog and five chickens, and can be found @Chantel and on LinkedIn.