‘A Force For Good’ Panel to Celebrate the Link Between Positive Mental Health and Pop Culture at NYCC




The psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought are coming to New York City Comic Con. H. Eric Bender, M.D. , Praveen R. Kambamm M.D and Vasilis K. Pozios M.D. will bring their knowledge of mental health and pop culture to the panel A Force For Good: The Powerful Partnership Between Mental Health and Pop Culture.

The panel will take place Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 4-5:00pm EST in Room 1A24. This panel will also feature:


  • Actress and writer Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, Welcome to Night Vale, What Are You Afraid Of?) will share her personal struggles with anxiety and depression and how her experiences have shaped her career.


  • Eisner-nominated writer Alex de Campi (Smoke/Ashes, No Mercy, Grindhouse) will talk about the creator and mental illness, as well as treating mental illness respectfully in fiction.


  • Comedian Jenny Jaffe (Camp Time with Jenny Jaffe, CollegeHumor) will discuss her outreach to teens and young adults through her innovative mental health nonprofit, Project UROK.


  • Psychologist Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., (Superhero Therapy) will share moving stories of patients inspired by accurate comic book depictions of mental disorders in their recovery from mental illnesses.


  • Forensic psychiatrist Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) will discuss Aura, his PRISM Award-winning short story about a stigmatized superhero with bipolar disorder, published in Rise: Comics Against Bullying #2from Northwest Press.


  • Forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., and Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) will discuss why accurate mental health depictions matter and how less stigmatizing — and more creative — representations can benefit patients and publishers alike.

Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will moderate, highlighting how entertainment can be a force for good in mental health and why more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health representations are a “win-win” for media outlets and people with mental illnesses alike.


For those of us suffering from Mental Illness who have found better living through Pop Culture, this is going to be one heck of a panel.


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