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.
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
Learn how Dr. Jen Buckwash turned her eating disorder into her life's work.
Artist Kelly Klee shares her advice on dealing with digital addiction
Hear Jamie’s story and many more in Mind Over Matter: You Are Not Alone
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Quarantine Effect on Families
Mind Over Matter - Grief
Mind Over Matter - Isolation
Mind Over Matter - Stigma
Mind Over Matter - PTSD
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
PA Mental Health Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Veterans Crisis Line: call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1; or text 838255
PA Trauma-Informed Network
The Katie Foundation
Luzerne / Wyoming Counties Drug and Alcohol Program
Luzerne-Wyoming Counties Mental Health Services
Luzerne County Children and Youth Services