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Sunday, March 25 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
"Crazy" Together: The Future of Mental Health and Pop Culture

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Mental health is everywhere you look in pop culture. From the Upside Down to the MCU, mental health depictions are becoming not only more common, but more accurate and less stigmatizing as well. But while Stranger Things and Jessica Jones help to normalize mental health challenges, inaccurate and stigmatizing portrayals persist. How can diversity and sensitivity regarding this topic be encouraged without stifling creativity? Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher TV series, Teen Titans) will discuss how depictions of trauma and PTSD inform the characterization of Frank Castle. Joseph D. Reitman (Happy! TV series) will talk about his approach to making his character Very Bad Santa more than just a two-dimensional villain. Should the entertainment industry be concerned about how their properties represent mental illness? Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) discuss some of their successes and struggles as forensic psychiatrists advocating for more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health media representation. Lastly, the audience will learn how they can empower themselves to encourage and even create mental health themed media. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company), this panel will encourage creators, clinicians, and fans to get "crazy" together, shaping the future of mental health and pop culture.

Sunday March 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 207