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UMBC Faculty and Staff Experts Discuss “Mental Illness and the Campus Community”

UMBC faculty and staff experts from across the campus will discuss “Mental Illness and the Campus Community,” at this year’s Mosaic Roundtable, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS) program. The free, public event will be held Tuesday, November 27, 4-6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

“Substance abuse, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and other dimensions of mental illness have reached crisis proportions on campuses nationwide, and suicide is among the top three causes of death among college students. One in three Americans will experience a form of mental disorder at some point in their lives,” said Patricia LaNoue, INDS director. “The Mosaic Roundtable, created to address complex issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, is one way we can contribute to sharing knowledge and provide an opportunity for the campus community and the public to ask questions.”

Speakers for this event are:

J. Lavelle Ingram, director of University Counseling Services, who will address what kind of support is available at UMBC, what behaviors signal danger and reasonable responses.

Charles Milligan, executive director of the Center for Health Program Development and Management, will discuss patient confidentiality and counselors’ responsibilities in protecting the safety of third parties.

Carlo DiClemente, professor of psychology, will address addictions and the overlap between drinking, drug use and mental illness, as well as how abuse can contribute to emotional programs and mental illness.

Carolyn Tice, associate dean of the School of Social Work, will focus on how the media portrays people with mental illness - stigmas and stereotypes - and how these portrayals serve as a barometer of social awareness and public beliefs.

For more information, visit www.umbc.edu/mosaic.

(11/16/07)