Breaking the Stigma: The Importance of Discussing Mental Health

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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The pandemic has caused individuals and families to be separated from the people and activities they love for an entire year. With isolation and anxiety abounding, it’s more important than ever to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, May 4th at 6:30pm for a community conversation in which we’ll be hosting a panel of speakers comprised of local author Cameron Kelly Rosenblum, representatives from The Yellow Tulip Project, and a team member of Maine Behavioral Health’s PIERS program. Please see below for information about our panelists, and email with any questions.

The Yellow Tulip Project

The Yellow Tulip Project strives to smash the stigma surrounding mental illness. After struggling with depression and losing her two best friends to suicide, Julia Hansen had an idea: to create a space for determined youth to eradicate stigma, build community, and inspire productive conversations about how to combat the rising rates of suicide. The Yellow Tulip Project helps young people understand that in dark times it is important to reach out and get the help you need and to never forget how loved you are. 

Cameron Rosenblum

Librarian, mental-health advocate, and debut author Cameron Kelly Rosenblum has penned a stunning teen novel that tackles love, grief, and mental health as one girl must process her friend’s death and ultimately learn how to stand in her own light. The Stepping Off Place examines what it means to be a young person today and handles the topic of suicide with honesty and compassion. 

Saras Yerlig

Saras Yerlig is a Peer Support Specialist with Maine Behavioral Healthcare’s Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER Program). When individuals enter the PIER Program, they are struggling with a significant mental health emergency. By actively listening, developing an understanding of individual perspectives, and encouraging people to look forward and think long term, Yerlig fosters a means for people to feel heard and part of a community.

Event Type(s): Guest Author/Speaker Event
Andrea Kazilionis
(207) 781-2351 ext. 140

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