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Mental Health Hero Amy Ebbeson: Teaching Mental Health

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Amy EbbesonI have the honor and privilege of teaching Mental Health at Worcester State University. It is amazing to me that for many of my students, this is the first time mental health issues have been talked about in an educational setting.

This is real, it affects all of us. I have been teaching the class for over ten years, every semester, and whenever I do, at least a few students disclose their own struggles. Stigma has us believing that mental illness is “those people”- so we better not talk about it, lest we be judged.

It’s not “those people.” It’s me, you, our neighbors and friends. In fact, I don’t know if it is possible to be mentally healthy in American culture where people’s value is attached to their checkbook and their physical attributes.

Stigma and oppression are keeping people from leading the best life they can imagine and we should do everything we can to put a stop to it ! For me, my mental health comes from having a purpose and a loving family – music therapy, pet therapy and being outdoors also top the list.

Usually, when ignorance and fear of mental illness are replaced with accurate information and resources to give and receive help, a change agent is created. I’ve witnessed the birth of hundreds of mental health heroes and sheroes! We stand together in this – Go forth and multiply, all you Mental Health heroes!

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Mental Health Hero Amy Ebbeson: Teaching Mental Health

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]


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Stewart, C. (2018). Mental Health Hero Amy Ebbeson: Teaching Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 11, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2012/05/mental-health-hero-amy-ebbeson-teaching-mental-health/

 

Last updated: 31 May 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 31 May 2018
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