March 20, 2014
A panel of University of Virginia professors and administrators sat down Wednesday night to discuss mental health.
The panel combined specialists and students to talk the social factors of mental health, and encourage policy and cultural changes.
Members of the UVa. Chapter of Active Minds and Student Council were in attendance at the discussion.
Organizers hope the event will get people talking about the resources needed to help students dealing with mental health issues.
"Mental health, for one, isn't talked about very much," said George Knaysi, chapter president of Active Minds. "There's a lot of stigma around it, I know that it's a very complicated topic as well because there's a lot of social and biological and cultural factors involved as well. So it’s good to have a lot of different viewpoints come together and hash things out."
Members of the panel represented the fields of psychology, anthropology and biology.