Breakout Facilitator at the 2017 Teen Wellness Conference
Breaking Down Media Portrayals of Mental Illness
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Lights, Camera, Action: Today's Mental Health on Screens
Co-facilitator: Joanna Prabhu
Do TV shows and social media shape our perceptions and sense of reality? How does reality manifest on shows and apps? In the last few years, we have been making great strides in promoting awareness and conversations about mental health and illnesses. Since the media is increasingly ever-present and a huge source of education about mental health illnesses, it is vital to decipher facts from fiction. In this break-out group, we will be reflecting over both positive and negative portrayals of mental health in the media. Join us in a dialogue about how we as an audience can question and analyze them.
Peying Lee is the current co-chair of Well-being and Openness in the Palo Alto Community (WOPAC), an alumni group that aims to open up spaces for dialogues on mental health. She graduated from Gunn High School and UC Irvine, where she studied Sociology. During college, she spent 2 years as a peer educator at the counseling center to educate fellow students on various topics such as Communication and Assertiveness,Test Anxiety and Stress Management, and Coping with Grief. Since returning to Palo Alto, she actively participates in Project Safety Net events as well as volunteers to organize alumni panels and dialogues for high school students, parents, and the wider community. In her free time, you can catch Peying running at the YMCA, reading at a coffee shop, or playing with her sister's dog.