Dr. Don Mordecai: October 25, 2017

NEW CAMPAIGN USES EDUCATION AND STORYTELLING TO TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DEPRESSION AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES 

Leading Mental Health Expert Refutes Myths and Misperceptions 

Dr. Don Mordecai

Kaiser Permanente National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—or almost 44 million people—experiences mental illness in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. A new national consumer poll conducted by Kaiser Permanente found that although Americans are more open about discussing mental health compared to 10 years ago, there continues to be misperceptions and stigma that may prevent people from fostering an open dialogue and seeking help. In fact, more than half of the poll respondents indicated they viewed depression as caused by a personal weakness or failing even though depression can be linked to many causes, such as chemical imbalances, genetics or childhood trauma, that are no fault of the person living with the condition.

To help reduce stigma and provide hope, Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, is launching a mental health awareness effort, “Find Your Words,” to educate and provide resources and to encourage people to speak up about depression and mental health issues. As part of the campaign, StoryCorps, a national oral history project, will collect and preserve stories on mental health conditions.

On Wednesday, October 25, Dr. Don Mordecai is available for interviews. Dr. Mordecai will bust myths associated with mental health and depression, share poll findings, discuss the importance of reducing stigma and provide tips for starting a conversation.

 

More About Dr. Don Mordecai

Dr. Don Mordecai is the Kaiser Permanente National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness, Director of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Services and Chair of the Chiefs of Psychiatry for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) in Northern California. Prior to these roles, Don was Chief of Psychiatry and Chief of Health Promotion for the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center. He trained at Stanford University as a child and adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. His clinical work is with patients with developmental disorders, ADHD, and the range of general psychiatry issues.

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