Project UROK, a non-profit organization helping those battling mental illness by hosting “a variety of honest, funny and relatable videos from young adults recounting their struggles with mental health” and providing a place where those struggling can know they are not alone. They are aware of the strength Pop Culture can have in helping the battle and will be taking part in a NYCC 2015 panel on October 11 discussing Pop culture as “A Force for Good”
A Force for Good: The Powerful Partnership Between Mental Health and Pop Culture.
Date: Sunday, October 11th, 2015
Location: Room 1A24
Awareness of pop culture’s power to help people with mental illnesses is reaching new heights, from celebrated depictions of superhero struggles to the personal stories of creators themselves. Join the speakers as they discuss how comics can be a force for good in mental health.
Speakers: Jenny Jaffe (founder of Project UROK), Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. (Broadcast Thought), H. Eric Bender, M.D., actor and writer Mara Wilson, Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., Janina Scarlet, Ph.D. (Superhero Therapy), Eisner-nominated writer Alex de Campi (No Mercy), and moderator Jeff Trexler (Broadcast Thought).
More about Project UROK
Project UROK, founded by Jenny Jaffe “to be the resource she wishes she’d had as a struggling, mentally ill teenager” works to:
- De-stigmatize mental illness
- Combat isolation
- Create an online community
- Reduce teen suicide
They provide a place for users to post their own videos as well as creating their own discussions and shows, often comedic, for those who battle mental illness from those who fight the same battle. Scroll down to watch Mara Wilson, host of the monthly show “What Are You Afraid Of?” in her Project UROK video.