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Those suffering from mental health issues often become victims of discrimination and social isolation due to the stigma attached to these disorders. This stigma is a significant public health issue and can inhibit those with mental illness to seek proper treatment and recovery.

In order to combat the stigma and increase awareness, prevention, treatment and management of a range of mental Illnesses, WVIA and Geisinger are presenting a new mental health initiative called Mind Over Matter. Like WVIA’s successful Battling Opioids series, this public health initiative aims to improve the mental and physical health of our community through a multi-platform approach that will include TV, radio and digital content.

Live Event - The State of Mental Health in NEPA

Thu, Oct 27, 2022 7:00 PM at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Join us in the audience for a panel discussion on the state of mental health in NEPA live from The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. 

Moderator Tracey Matisak and a panel of regional mental health experts will discuss the state of mental health in NEPA based on a Critical Needs Assessment. Hear stories from people who are coping with mental health challenges and find out where to get help. Admission is free, but limited.

Featured Panelists

Dr. Sanjay Chandragiri, 
Associate Professor of Psychiatry 
Department of Medical Education North Campus

In addition to his medical practice and his duties at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Sanjay S. Chandragiri, MD, is also the founding program director for The Wright Center’s residency program in psychiatry. 

Sarah Wodder, Psy.D., LP, LPC 
President, and CEO
Scranton Counseling Center


Dawn Zieger 
Associate Vice President, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health


Mind Over Matter: You Are Not Alone

According to the American Psychological Association, stress levels are the highest they've been in 15-years. Join moderator Tracey Matisak and a panel of regional mental health experts as they discuss Stress, Grief , Eating Disorders, and Digital Addiction. Hear stories from people who are coping with mental health challenges and find out where to get help.

Segments from "You Are Not Alone"

Therapy Dogs / Art Therapy

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, but so do the mechanisms to cope with it.


Paramedic Angela Patla shares how she deals with stress

Eating Disorders

Learn how Dr. Jen Buckwash turned her eating disorder into her life's work.

Digital Addiction

Artist Kelly Klee shares her advice on dealing with digital addiction

Jamie's Story

Hear Jamie’s story and many more in Mind Over Matter: You Are Not Alone


According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.. Here are five steps to help someone in emotional pain.


Substance Use Disorder

A substance use disorder is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior, leading to the inability to control the use of legal or illegal drugs, alcohol or medications. If you or someone you love is suffering from a substance use disorder, you are not alone.


Digital Addiction

Digital Addiction is a dependence on digital devices that prevents a person from doing everyday tasks and living a normal life. If you or someone you know is suffering from digital addiction, it is important to know that you are not alone. 



It's Okay to Not Be Okay

Substance Abuse

Find out how substance abuse therapists and those in recovery are learning to adapt

Behavioral Health Integration

Learn how The Wright Center is addressing mental health issues through Behavioral Health

Teen Depression & Anxiety

Hear a personal story about dealing with depression and anxiety from Sam


The Pandemic has also created new barriers for people already suffering from mental health

Share Your Experience

Sharing your story about your personal experience with mental health challenges is a great way to encourage others to talk about what they're experiencing and get the help they need. What have you or a loved one experienced? What are the challenges?

What's been helpful to you? And what would you like to see changed in mental health care and mental health discourse? Sharing a story can help in your own recovery, as well as offer encouragement and support to others with similar experiences.

To share your story, email Jim Donnelly, producer of Mind Over Matter, at Be sure to include your name, contact information, and what you'd like to talk about.

Help WVIA break the stigma attached to mental illness by sharing your story with us


Senior Isolation

Quarantine Effect on Families


PA 211

Eating Disorders - Mind over Matter

For more Information on Eating Disorders,  click here.

Mind Over Matter - Grief

For more Information on dealing with grief, click here.

Mind Over Matter - Isolation

For more information on Isolation, click here.

Mind Over Matter - Stigma

For more Information on Stigma, click here.

Mind Over Matter - PTSD

For more information on PTSD, click here.

Mind Over Matter - Depression

For more information on Depression, click here.

Mind Over Matter - Panic Attacks

For more information on panic attacks, click here.

If you would like to speak with someone about mental health issues, get connected to help: Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211

Mental Health Hotlines and Resources

The National Institute of Mental Health
Family Service Association of NEPA
Crisis Text Line: text the word 'Home' to 741-741
The Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: call 1-866-488-7386
The Trans Lifeline: call 1-877-565-8860
Scranton Counseling Center
The Wright Center for Community Health