McLean Hospital’s new portable Deconstructing Stigma exhibit, which highlights the mental health narratives of eight participants from the hospital’s anti-stigma campaign, recently served as a backdrop for the University of Saint Joseph’s recent The Reason We Speak event.
Hosted by the USJ Wellness Center, students spoke and described the importance of breaking the stigma around mental health conditions.
The installation was on display in the university’s McGovern Building from Suicide Prevention Day, September 10, to World Mental Health Day, October 10.
According to Student Affairs Wellness Educator Miriam Correa, the dates bookended a period when the university’s Wellness Center collaborated with its Counseling and Psychological Services to showcase their offerings to the student community.
“I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for our students at Saint Joseph’s,” Correa said. “In bringing Deconstructing Stigma here, I worked with our Counseling and Psychological Services department to discuss suicide prevention, but also to talk about our proactive strategies that we can do here in the Wellness Center to promote well-being.”
“The more you talk about mental health, the more you can normalize such conversations,” she added.