Stigma for Mental Illness High
Mental Illness Stigma Leads to: Suicide, Homelessness and Crime
My name is Tom Roberts. My work as a public speaker and the purpose of this web site is to educate and dispel fear of the mentally ill.
Closing the knowledge gap is only part of the solution.
Fear of the Mentally Ill is Based on Stereotypes
On a positive note, the media will be the means of any campaign that aims to challenge and replace the stereotypes. More characters on current television shows such as “Homeland.” Once a taboo topic, mental illness is becoming an increasingly prominent plot line on television series.
Robin and me at a Screen Actors Guild party in 2003.
Robin lost his battle with depression and died by his own hand at 62. Fear of stigma, some believe, kept him from reaching out for help.
There is a suicide every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization.
Suicide is not limited to the industrialized West, but affects all incomes and all societies in the world. (The New Demographics of Suicide in The Atlantic)
Mental illness stigma statistics are grim.
Negative attitudes about mental illness often underlie stigma, which can cause affected persons
This web site serves a dual purpose: educate about the impact of stigma and to promote myself as a speaker (how to contact me to schedule). My credentials begin with my own mental illness. (More)
November 17, 2014
University of North Carolina
- Chapel Hill
I will speak to neuro-science students at UNC and from Duke University.
"The Speech I wish I had Heard when I was a College Student"
Reducing mental illness stigma and discrimination is everybody's business
The Mental Healthcare Crisis