Mental Wellness Center Partners with PBS to Host Virtual Event for Mysteries of Mental Illness Docuseries

The Mental Wellness Center, in partnership with PBS, hosted a free virtual event and live panel discussion on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 6:00-7:30 PM via zoom. The virtual event included exclusive preview clips of and conversation about the new PBS documentary series, Mysteries of Mental Illness.

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and give voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences. The four-hour documentary series, released in late June on PBS, explores the story of mental illness in science and society and serves as an anchor for an ambitious national initiative focused on destigmatizing mental illness in America. Cutting-edge science and current thinking around mental illness are presented within a historical framework. And each of the episodes contain portraits of individuals, filmed up-close and personal, illustrating the respective themes.

Thank you to our panel of local mental health professionals and advocates you joined the conversation and helped aid in the discussions.

Panel participants included: Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT - Public Information Officer and Chief Quality Care and Strategy Officer at Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness, Dr. Paul Erickson - Medical Director for Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Dr. Edwin Feliciano - Behavioral Health Director at UCSB Student Health, and George Kaufmann - President of NAMI Santa  Barbara County.

Thank you again to our panelists and and community members for making tonight's virtual event a great success! Important conversations were had and we hope to continue them with our community soon, stay tuned to for future updates and announcements!

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