Out of Stigma's Shadow: Event Opened Public Discussion on Mental Health

The Out of Stigma’s Shadow event was held on May 21, 2019. The event was held in a public forum as part of the Stoop Storytelling series. It included nine Baltimore organizations, seven candid people, and four expert panelists with one common goal, bringing awareness to mental health issues.

In partnership with MedStar Health, the Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Magazine, Behavioral Health Systems of Baltimore, Catholic Charities, Jewish Community Services, Maryland Faith Health Network, and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Metro Baltimore, and Stoop Storytelling, the event featured seven individuals sharing their personal stories of struggle and challenges from living with mental health conditions, followed by a panel of four high profile mental health experts, who will provide insight, counsel, and mental health tips.

The panel was moderated by WYPR radio On the Record host, Sheilah Kast. Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Letitia Dzirasa, MD, delivered the opening remarks.

The panelists included:
– Renz Juaneza, MD, Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
– Stacey Meadows, LCSW-C, Manager, Child & Family Therapy, Jewish Community Services
– Kay Jamison, MA, Ph.D. Co-Director, Mood Disorders Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine; author, “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness”
– Bishop Kevin Daniels, Ph.D., DMin, LGSW, St. Martin’s Church