Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

The Mind: Stigma, Stereotypes, and Civil Rights

Content Area Stigma and stereotyping often prevent those who live with mental health issues from seeking help, and everyone else from understanding them. Those in the legal field who reveal their depression, anxiety or other brain disorder struggle with pervasive scrutiny regarding competence, ethical considerations or inequities of power. This presentation identifies best practices for creating safe spaces in the legal profession where open dialogues about mental health concerns and suicide prevention can take place.

 

 

Who Should Attend All library managers, professionals and administrators with supervisory responsibilities; Individuals who want a better understanding of mental health issues and how to respond to stigma and stereotyping.

 

Takeaways 1. Observable: Participants will be able to describe concerns that their colleagues, and their patron bases might experience while navigating mental health issues in the legal profession. 2. Measurable: Participants will be able to identify actions or remarks that perpetuate stigma and stereotypes. 3. Performed: Participants will be able to build a safe space among fellow audience members, and practice engaging in thoughtful dialogue about mental health concerns and suicide prevention.

 

 

Design One hour session, table setup for audience of 50 to 75 people, with a moderator and panel of 3 experts at the front. The experts would include one psychiatrist (or other mental health professional), a civil rights attorney, and a law librarian with a mood disorder. The session will progress as follows:

 

● 5 minute welcome and introduction to format by moderator

● 10 minute talk by psychiatrist

● 3 minutes for audience to brainstorm answers to question posed by moderator on PPT slide

● 10 minute talk by law librarian with a mood disorder

● 3 minutes for audience to brainstorm answers to question posed by moderator on PPT slide

● 10 minute talk by civil rights attorney

● 3 minutes for audience to brainstorm answers to question posed by moderator on PPT slide

● 10 minutes for open floor discussion about the 4 questions posed by moderator on the PPT slides

● 6 minutes for spillover and thanking the panelists

 

Coordinator and Moderator: Victoria Capatosto

Coordinator and Speaker: Eileen Santos

Speaker: Mental Health

Professional Speaker: Civil Rights Attorney

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