Institute of Politics Students Explore Mental Health Stigma

At a roundtable discussion entitled “The Politics of Mental Health,” held by Leaders of Color at the Institute of Politics (IOP) on Tuesday, February 11, students explored how mental health stigma and common misunderstandings perpetuate mental illness, globally and on campus. The discussion explored the rhetoric and development of self-care in the modern, capitalist age, as well as nuances of mental health, including identity, ability, stigma and the economic consumption of self-care. 

Second-year Dayo Adeoye presented and guided the discussion, which was part of the IOP’s Politics and Identity series. Adeoye began with a quote by writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” 

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