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Mental Health: Debunking the Myth and Stigma and Redefining Mental Illness in the Diaspora Community

Location: Room 122

People of all ages, economic background and ethnicities are affected by mental illness. In fact, it is more prevalent among Haitians than we care to admit. Identifying and treating mental disorders can often present many challenges especially among Haitians both in Haiti and in the diaspora. One of the major roadblocks of identifying, reporting and treating mental illnesses is cultural misunderstanding and biases. In this session, you will hear from mental health experts who are working to debunk some of the cultural myths and biases of mental illness. We will explore topics such as identifying common signs of mental disorders, trauma, and culturally sensitive mental health training, and implementing strategies to ensure sound mental health.  We will end our time together by exploring potential policies and training models that can help address mental health issues more effectively within the Diaspora and Haiti.