More than 80 Duke students and faculty came out for a documentary screening and discussion to commemorate World Mental Health Day on Thursday. Sponsored by the departments of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Duke Global Health Institute, the event was an opportunity to come together to listen, learn and discuss an important and often misunderstood topic.
The screening of “Hidden Pictures: A personal journey into global mental health,” took on the issues of stigma and disparities in care from one continent to another. The film was introduced by DGHI faculty member Brandon Kohrt who told the Duke crowd that mental illness is not only stigmatized, but people suffering from a mental illness actually face discrimination.
In addition to addressing the social issues linked to mental health, researchers and advocates call for broader access to affordable treatments and more trained psychiatrists and lay health workers, particularly in resource-limited communities worldwide.
The film screening was followed by group discussion moderated by DGHI faculty member Eve Puffer on what needs to be done and how Duke is working to address the issue.