Supporting Freethinkers with Mental Illness

A session at FtBConscience

Friday 19th July, 2013

11:00pm to 12:00am

"Have you tried yoga?" "You just need to pray harder." "You should try this herbal supplement." People with mental illnesses get advice like this all the time. Although it's not particularly helpful to anyone, with skeptics and atheists it's especially misguided. What should we say to freethinkers dealing with mental illness? How do we support them in an evidence-based way? How can we use skepticism and critical thinking to reduce the stigma of mental illness? How can we improve access to treatment that actually works?

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Kate Donovan

Sarcasm, derpfaces, & real good trouble. Anarch@fem. Blogs about mental health on FtB. VNC of @SecularStudents for Military Academies. Opinions are my own. bio from Twitter

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Brendan Murphy

Support specialist at @skyword, feminist atheist, speaker, musician, 365-day bicycle nut, host of @nowlikephotos, @secularstudents treasurer. Opinions my own.

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Olivia James

Writer, editor, blogger, feminist, atheist, swing dancer, rock climber, philosopher, complete nutjob, and mental health advocate. Nice to meet you. bio from Twitter

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Drama
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Miri M.

Writer, activist, social work student. I like feminism, atheism, sex positivity, and profanity.

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Eddy Cara

An improv comedian, actor and hobby blogger. NYC born and raised. Opinions expressed are my own and possibly Beyonce's. bio from Twitter

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Starts 19th July 2013 at 11:00pm CST

Ends 20th July 2013 at 12:00am CST

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