In an effort to help break down stigmas surrounding mental health, “CBS This Morning” will broadcast a live special, “Stop the Stigma: A Conversation About Mental Health,” on Wednesday, October 23. We will feature a studio audience of people affected by mental illness and hear from medical professionals.
To continue the conversation about mental health, thewill feature other interviews with experts and notable figures. Check back throughout the week for more:
Comedian Gary Gulman Shares Mental Health Journey in ‘The Great Depresh’
Comedian Gary Gulman joins CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook to discuss why he decided to talk and joke openly about his experience with severe depression and anxiety in the new HBO comedy special “The Great Depresh.” Gulman discusses his 2017 hospitalization in a psychiatric facility and explains how therapy and anti-depressants have saved his life multiple times. He also shares the importance of confiding in loved ones about mental illness and why nobody should be ashamed to ask for help.
Why Mental Illness is a Family Issue
Karen Varano, a program director for the New York City chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, tells CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook how a mental illness diagnosis can impact a family. Varano, who runs a program for parents and caretakers of children with mental illnesses, shares how her own daughter’s experience with depression and addiction has affected her family. Varano explains the financial toll of treatment and rehab, plus explains why stigma is one of the largest barriers to care.
Mental Health in the Black Community
CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook talks with New York University’s Dr. Michael Lindsey aboutthat found that suicide attempts by black teenagers have risen over the past three decades. Dr. Lindsey, the executive director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU, discusses the findings and explains the consequences of black youth not receiving adequate treatment for mental illness.
Actress Gloria Reuben, who starred in “ER,” also joins the conversation to share the impact of losing her younger brother to suicide. Next month, she is publishing the book, “My Brothers’ Keeper: Two Brothers. Loved. And Lost.” Dr. Lindsey and Reuben share the importance of breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community.
Treating Mental Health like Physical Health
Dr. Sue Varma joins CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook to talk about the importance of discussing your mental health with your doctor. Patients should “look at mental and physical health on the same level of importance,” Dr. Varma says. The two doctors discuss why there’s a stigma attached to mental health and how doctors and patients can work to eliminate that stigma.
Dr. Varma alsofor seeking assistance, tips on what people should be looking for, and how to develop a rapport with your doctor.