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Mental Health Action Day: Raising Awareness and Promoting Change Through Authentic Mental Health Representation in Media
May 20, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree
RespectAbility is proud to be a founding partner in the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on Thursday, May 20, spearheaded by MTV Entertainment Group alongside nearly 200 additional brands, nonprofits and cultural leaders. Though more people than ever are comfortable discussing mental health, suicide rates over the last two decades have still risen, particularly among young adults, and finding effective resources and knowing how to get help remains a challenge. Join us as we discuss the importance of portraying mental health accurately and authentically in TV, film, and other forms of media, especially as a means to create awareness and serve as a first step to systemic change. Panelists include Nikki Bailey (comedian, actress, author, and producer), Ali MacLean (playwright and TV writer), and Amanda Burdine (screenwriter) with more to be added soon. ASL interpreters and live captioning will be provided.