Panel being held Thursday to discuss stigma around mental health

Thursday night a panel is being hosted in Lafayette to discuss the stigma around mental health. Families across the community are being invited to listen and join in this talk.

Posted: May 24, 2018 9:46 AM
Updated: May 24, 2018 10:00 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Thursday night a panel is being hosted in Lafayette to discuss the stigma around mental health. Families across the community are being invited to listen and join in this talk.

It's being hosted by A Better Life: Brianna's Hope at the Grace United Methodist Church.  This is a recovery program and support group with 27 chapters across the Hoosier state.

The Panel Discussion on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Thursday kicks off with a dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the panel discussion. The panel will be made up of people from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental health America of Tippecanoe County, and Wabash Valley Alliance. Program Director Jason Padgett said those who are on the panel are in recovery.

"A lot of times you'll get people who have recovered from alcohol and other drug issues who go into the profession of being counselors or peer recovery coaches," said Padgett. "The same thing happens on the mental health side of the field."

He said a quarter of people who suffer from substance abuse also suffer from mental health issues. This event is an opportunity to share your experience with recovery and find out what resources are available to help in the community.

"It's hard enough to convince them that they should go and seek help for things like that," said Padgett. "If they don't know what the resources are then there's very little chance that they'll ever going to get to it."

The event tonight is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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