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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Staying Strong: A programmatic Approach To Reducing Stigma

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Neil Pessin; Lori Rodriguez; Katherine Levine

All Authors for this paper: Neil Pessin; Lori Rodriguez; Katherine Levine

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: This presentation proposes to describe the Visiting Nurse Service of New York's (VNSNY) FRIENDS program use of Staying Strong Programs to reduce stigma. According to Kessler at one time or another 50% of the population suffers from one or another mental illness - a figure many dispute and find shocking. Kessler, however, believes that if he said 99.9% of the population had been physically ill at some time in their life no one would be shocked. Therefore, it should not then be surprising that 50% of the population has been mentally ill at some time in their life. Kessler believes stigma is to blame for the failure of people to identify and seek treatment for a mental illness.


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM