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: Chantel Garrett
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.)
A U.C Berkeley, Haas School of Business graduate, Kelly Wilson began her career in the accounting industry at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. After being diagnosed with schizophreniform, she changed career direction to focus on making a difference in the mental health field. Kelly is working with Strong 365 as a National Youth Leadership Board member, and NAMI San Francisco in its Ending the Silence Campaign, for which she visits Bay Area high schools sharing her story and giving mental health presentations. She hopes to attend graduate school in Fall 2018, studying Counseling/Marriage Family Therapy.