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Breaking Away From Mental Health Stigmas: Humanizing and Educating

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It's estimated that almost half of all Americans have or will have, at some point in their life, suffered from symptoms related to mental illnesses. Dr. Michael Bordieri visits Sounds Good to discuss ways in which we can move away from the stigma that has traditionally surrounded mental health. 

Mental health has often received more negative connotation and less credibility than physical health. It's harder to detect both as an observer and as the individual suffering from the illness, and for that reason, society has been slower to create positive and beneficial dialogues about the various types of mental illnesses and the importance of maintaining mental health.

Bordieri and Tracy Ross also discuss Playhouse after Dark's production of Next to Normal, the American rock musical centered around mental illness within a family, and the panel being hosted tonight, Thursday, June 28th, immediately after the show.

The panel will be comprised of Dr. Michael Bordieri, members of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other community members and will promote discussion focused on destigmatizing mental illness and moving towards a more inclusive society.

For information on Playhouse in the Park's "Playhouse after Dark" production, visit Playhouse in the Park's website. 

For information on the Murray, KY chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, visit the NAMI website.

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Melanie Davis-McAfee graduated from Murray State University in 2018 with a BA in Music Business. She has been working for WKMS as a Music and Operations Assistant since 2017. Melanie hosts the late-night alternative show Alien Lanes, Fridays at 11 pm with co-host Tim Peyton. She also produces Rick Nance's Kitchen Sink and Datebook and writes Sounds Good stories for the web.
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