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  • NFL Community Huddle: Taking a Goal Line Stand for Your Mind & Body

    The Facts

    • An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older – about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
    • People living with mental illness are dying 25 years earlier than the rest of the population, in large part due to unmanaged physical health conditions.
    • The Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health (1999) and its Supplement: Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (2001), identified stigma as a major obstacle preventing people with mental illness from getting help.

    Stigma refers to beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that lead to stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and other negative consequences.  Research shows that people with mental illness experience stigma at the individual level and at the structural level.  Individuals internalize beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, and the stigma of mental illness impacts families, relatives and caregivers as well.  At the structural level, communities construct stigmatizing beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, and private and government institutions enact policies that unintentionally or intentionally discriminate and hinder those with mental illness from living quality lives.

    Recognizing the reality of these staggering facts and the impact of stigma on mental health, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine has teamed up with the National Football League to provide a series of “town-hall” style forums.  These forums will educate, motivate and mobilize communities to work together at a grass-roots level to address important issues like dementia, depression, financial and relationship stress, drug and alcohol abuse, among others.  Communities will create a “game plan” for reducing stigma with efforts to influence timely and effective responses to mental disorders and develop strategies for preventing and reducing sport-related traumatic experiences at every level that increase the risk of dementia and related mental disorders later is life.

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    The Satcher Health Leadership Institute wishes to engage communities in an informed, sustained and inclusive dialogue on issues that impact mind and body health outcomes.

    Space is limited to the first 200 registrants.  Parking is free when noted for the first 200 registered attendees.

    If you have any additional questions, please call Sharon Rachel at (404) 756-5044 or email