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2020 Mental Health Forum featuring Nicholas Kristof, Nick Valencia, Eve Byrd, Shanti Das and Kathleen Ethier

Thursday, 05.21.2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

“Will the Pandemic Reduce Mental Health Stigma?” brings together top journalists and mental health experts for a discussion about how COVID-19 has brought mental health to the forefront of today’s headlines. Because of the outbreak, people from all income levels and geographic locations are struggling to cope, revealing their personal problems and holes in healthcare systems, and perhaps reducing the stigma that traditionally has been associated with discussion of mental health conditions. 

This “normalization” of discussing mental health as we would other health conditions could be a silver lining in the pandemic and help reduce stigma. This is a particularly relevant topic for us in Atlanta, given former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s 50-year commitment to end stigma, the Carter Center’s international and Georgia-based mental health initiatives and its annual Mental Health Journalism Fellows program.

“Will the Pandemic Reduce Mental Health Stigma?” draws parallels between the mental health issues which disproportionately affect people of color and exacerbate poverty and substance abuse in the rural areas and how the pandemic is giving us all the opportunity to hit the reset button on mental health not only to erase the stigma but to advocate for better health systems (and political leadership) that work. 


Moderator: Nick Valencia, CNN Anchor

Eve Byrd, Director of Mental Health Programs at The Carter Center
Shanti Das, Music Industry Executive and Founder of Silence the Shame
Kathleen Ethier, Social and Behavioral Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Columnist, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Co-Author of Tightrope


Thursday, May 21, 2020
11 a.m. – Noon


Please note: Admission is free. After registration, you will receive an email with a link to join the event.

The event is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile phones and tablets may not yield best results. 


The Atlanta Press Club offers sponsorship opportunities and promotion for your company with this event. Please contact Paula Hovater at or 404-625-2882 for details and benefits.