A Mental Health Break
Everyone on the Zoom call presented as female. Besides me. They represented 21/22 of those participating in the first session last Tuesday of Jana Marie Foundation’s Breathe Together — a virtual workshop series creating a space to spark conversations, build connections, and promote mental well-being.
The workshop series, offered in partnership with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and HUB-Robeson Gallery, was inspired by the exhibition The Anxiety Project. I didn’t feel out of place but it was obvious I was the only dude.
According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 24.5% of those identifying as female and 16.3% of those identifying as male reported some type of mental illness in the past year. With the presence of stigma of mental health, this number is widely thought of as a lower bound. This stigma makes individuals reluctant to seek help or treatment.
With over 16% of males reporting mental illness, it was disheartening to not see more men taking an hour out of their day to draw and breathe.
I’m sure this was a combination of the stigma around mental illness and outreach. This is why I’m inviting you to join me this upcoming Tuesday for the second session of this program.
I hope you join me!
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