During the first full week of October, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country raise awareness of mental illness. Each year NAMI fights stigma, provides support, educates the public and advocates for equal care as the movement grows stronger. Last week, the Belmont Psychological Science Department hosted a number of events for Mental Illness Awareness Week.
- Monday, October 3 — Joanna Bane gave a talk regarding the stigma of mental illness. Bane is the statewide education coordinator for Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee’s “Erasing the Stigma” program, which provides education to children and youth addressing mental health topics.
- Tuesday, October 4 — Dr. Michael Loftin, psychologist and Belmont adjunct faculty, hosted Free Depression Screenings.
- Wednesday, October 5 — Katherine Fowler, founder of Fowler Nutrition PLLC, presented on eating disorders. She specializes in nutrition therapy and general wellness counseling for adults, adolescents and children.
- Thursday, October 6 – The PC2 Club hosted a screening of A Beautiful Mind and Peter Giordano, psychology, led a discussion after the movie.
- Friday, October 7 — Josh Bowers presented on Faith and Depression.